PETRON big man June Mar Fajardo faces a layoff of between two to three weeks due to a blow to the scrotum he suffered during the Boosters' 84-90 loss to San Mig Coffee in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday night.
The 6-10 rookie is currently confined at the Cardinal Santos hospital after experiencing intense pain after the game, ironically his best as a pro which saw him score 16 points, grab 13 rebounds, make three steals, and block a shot.
An examination showed the blow - which Petron officials said most likely happened during a rebound battle with San Mig forward Marc Pingris - had caused bleeding in his scrotum, according to team physical therapist Albert Rolle.
Rolle said doctors have prescribed bed rest to keep the bleeding down and the big man from Cebu is currently on antibiotics to prevent infection. The swelling has also subsided, he added.
Surgery has not been ruled out, but Rolle said there will be no need for it if the bleeding stops.
Fajardo's condition is set to re-evaluated again on Wednesday.
Petron coach Olsen Racela has already ruled out Fajardo from Petron's matches against Alaska on Friday and against sister team Barangay Ginebra on Sunday. Dorian Pena will start both matches.
"Wala tayong magagawa," Racela told Spin.ph. "Sayang nga dahil ang ganda ng breakthrough game ni June Mar."