SAN Mig Coffee scoring guard Peter June Simon may have lost two front teeth after a hard foul by Cliff Hodge last Saturday, but he's not about to miss out on the PBA Commissioner's Cup playoffs.
Team doctor Raffy Sanchez revealed to Spin.ph that he had to arrange minor surgery for Simon on Monday after he complained of feeling too much pain from losing two front teeth following the tackle by the rookie Hodge late in San Mig's victory over the Bolts on Saturday.
At the same time, the 32-year-old veteran guard also suffered laceration and contusion on his upper lip, but Sanchez said Simon will be ready in time for San Mig's title-retention campaign in the playoffs.
“Mas napuruhan kasi ngayon `yung ipinan niya. Dati nabali lang,” said Sanchez, referring to an earlier incident in March 2011 when the native of Makilala, North Cotabato also broke the same front teeth in a game against the Gilas team.
“Ngayon nabungi na nang todo, tapos pumutok `yung upper lip niya.”
“Two central incisors (front teeth) were avulsed together with crown. Left lateral incisor is fractured but still intact. Right lateral incisor is under observation due to trauma,” said Sanchez in explaining his findings.
Simon was in so much pain after the game that surgery was immediately scheduled.
“PJ is really complaining of pain on the lost teeth. Sa sobrang sakit, hindi siya nakatulog nung Sabado hanggang Lunes,” said the San Mig team doctor.
Sanchez said Simon has already rejoined the Mixers’ regular practice but revealed he will now be required to wear mouth guards for protection during games.
“Prone kasi si PJ sa ganyang damage, well because matapang siya na umatake sa basket. Kaya he will have to wear na a mouthpiece. Otherwise, baka maubos ang ipin niya,” added Dr. Sanchez.
Unlike most players, Simon detests wearing mouth guards because it impedes his breathing, prompting Sanchez to order a thinner protective device for the underrated San Mig guard.
“Eto dala ko na `yung bagong mouth guard. Magugustuhan ni PJ ito kasi mas manipis at mas OK. We just need to make him comfortable,” said Sanchez while on his way to San Mig Coffee’s practice.