Brgy. Ginebra big man Greg Slaughter sat down the team’s game against Blackwater, Friday in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum due to a dislocated thumb.
The Gin Kings went on to post a 96-93 victory as Slaughter’s front court partner Japeth Aguilar exploded for a conference-best 29 points.
Brgy. Ginebra coach Tim Cone bared that Slaughter sustained the injured during practice a day before the TNT game and the timetable for his recovery is still uncertain.
“We are still unsure how long Greg will be out. He dislocated his thumb. We are hoping it’s a few days but we can’t really tell. We didn’t see any ligament damage in the MRI or any broken bones but there was a clear dislocation. You could see his finger was dangling when he got hit during practice,” said Cone.
And the league’s most successful bench tactician is already bracing for the worst with regards to the 31-year old 7-footer.
“We are hoping within a week, he can come back but you’ll never know. It could be longer. We had cases where those kind of thumb injuries can last a month or two. We will see. Hopefully, he will be available for the national team. I hate to lose another guy in the national team,” said Cone.