SAN Mig team doctor Raffy Sanchez bared that he is doing everything to get star guard Peter June Simon back in game shape after severe back spasm forced him to sit out the team's last match.
Simon, one of the steadiest players at San Mig this season, missed out on the quarterfinal match against San Miguel Beer on Tuesday night after the pride of Makilala, North Cotabato was hit by back spasms just hours before the match that was so bad he couldn't even stand up.
Sanchez said Simon felt well enough to stand up and walk around on Wednesday.
“Sobrang sakit ng likod niya kahapon. Hindi talaga siya makatayo, kaya agad namin siyang binigyan ng therapy at gamot,” said Sanchez. “Kahapon, hindi talaga siya makalakad. Pero kanina okay-okay na. Not as bad as yesterday, Nakakalakad na rin.”
Asked if Simon will be available for the start of the Mixers' semifinal series against top seed Talk 'N Text, Sanchez was noncommittal but admitted that an extra day or two of rest will do Simon good.
“Depende kasi yan kung kalian ang laro namin. Kung bukas (Thursday), malabo 'yun. Kung Sabado, pwede na siguro siya,” said the amiable team doctor.
The Mixers will have to wait for the result of the quarterfinal double-header on Wednesday to know when their semis series against the Texters will start.
If second seed Rain or Shine and No. 3 Alaska, both with twice-to-beat edge, win against Air21 and Ginebra, respectively, on Wednesday night, the San Mig-Talk 'N Text series will immediately begin on Thursday.
A win by either Air 21 or Ginebra would push the series start to Saturday.
“Day to day pa rin ang status niya, pwedeng mahabol kung Saturday ang game namin. Pero hindi pa rin maibababad. Pero lalaro 'yun, gustong gusto niyang lumaro eh,” said Sanchez of Simon who is now undergoing regular therapy.
Sanchez bared that Simon’s injury is ‘multi-factorial,' meaning it can hit a certain player anytime due to electrolyte imbalance, muscle fatigue, or abnormal nerve impulses.
“Maraming pwedeng cause 'yung back spasm ni PJ eh. Pero isang nakikita ko yung bugbog siya sa laro, tapos napupuyat kasi late na natatapos yung game,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Sanchez bared that another Mixer, Mark Barroca, is also being attended to by team therapists.
“Natapilok kasi siya kagabi. Mild to moderate sprain niya. So it will need time also to fully heal,” said Sanchez.
“Pero knowing Barroca, warrior 'yun. Lalaro yun kahit may pain na nararamadaman. Bilib ako sa bata na 'yun,” he said while keeping his fingers crossed that injury woes will not stand in the way of Mixers’ bid for a rare grand slam.