The injury bug has bitten Greg Slaughter anew, as he will be out indefinitely due to a dislocated thumb.
Ginebra head coach Tim Cone revealed the regretful news moments after the Gin Kings’ 96-93 escape of TNT KaTropa in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup, Friday evening at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.
During the game, Slaughter was with the crowd darlings and in uniform, but he only watched from the sidelines.
“He dislocated his thumb. We’re hoping it’s a few days, but we can’t really tell. We didn’t see any ligament damage in the MRI,” said the decorated bench tactician.
“That was a clear dislocation.”
Cone said that the seven-foot slotman sustained the injury during the Barangay’s practice Thursday.
“You could see his finger was dangling when he got hit during practice,” he said.
“We’re hoping within a week, he can come back. But we will never know, it could be longer.”
Now, Cone hopes for nothing but the best, and that this injury won’t keep out Slaughter from joining Gilas Pilipinas in the 30th Southeast Asian Games on November 30-December 11.
The national team has already lost top guard Jayson Castro due to a soleus muscle strain.
“Hopefully he’ll be available for the national team. Hate to lose another guy in the national team.”