THE 'Mouse' won't come out to play.
Talk 'N Text superstar Jimmy Alapag said his status is day-to-day in the PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinal playoff with Barangay Ginebra owing to a recurring calf injury that has already ruled him out of Game Three on Wednesday.
In fact, when Spin.ph caught up with Alapag on Tuesday night, he was icing his still swollen right calf muscle which he hurt during a Gilas Pilipinas scrimmage last Saturday in Digos City ahead of the All-Star Game.
“Throughout the scrimmage I was fine. It was literally the last five minutes of practice that I just kinda passed and cut away. And I felt my calf suddenly tighten,” said Alapag.
Three days later, he still feels stinging pain in the calf and he is scheduled to undergo an examination on Thursday to assess his availability for Game Four on Friday.
“There is still soreness in the calf. I am icing my legs now as we speak,” said Alapag. “Each day, hopefully it improves more and more and hopefully I'll get good news on Thursday.”
Alapag said he has suffered the same injury several times in his career, the last one in the 2012 All Filipino Cup wherein he missed a couple of games.
His worst calf injury sidelined him for four weeks a few years ago, Alapag said, but he is keeping his fingers crossed that it won't take him that long to come back this time.
“Knowing myself, I’m gonna do whatever I can to get out there. But again I have to be smart about it. I wouldn’t want to risk further injuries. When it comes to calf injuries, it’s a day-to-day thing as far as improvement (is concerned),” said the 2011 MVP.
“Hopefully it won’t be that long this time. I’ve dealt with calf injuries. Atleast I know how to get therapy and rest for it,” he added.
Alapag is the third Talk 'N Text player to be sidelined for Game Three, with Jared Dillinger (pelvic injury) and Kelly Williams (rare blood disorder) both declared out for the rest of the conference.
Still, a defiant Alapag warned the Texters, the reigning Philippine Cup champions, can't be counted out in the best-of-five series against the never-say-die Gin Kings for one reason.
“The heart of a champion," he said.