Chris Lutz is the latest player to be bitten by the injury bug in the Petron Blaze camp.
The 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Marshall University hurt his ribs in the Boosters’ opening game against GlobalPort and was taken to the hospital for tests.
San Miguel executive Noli Eala confirmed that Lutz suffered a fractured rib.
“Chris will be out six weeks, according to Dr. (Raul) Canlas,” wrote Eala in a text message to pba.ph.
Lutz’s injury was the latest in the string of misfortunes suffered by Petron Blaze players.
In the Philippine Cup, the team lost rookie big man June Mar Fajardo due to a swollen scrotum. Veterans Dorian Pena and Danny Ildefonso were likewise sidelined due to injuries while Marcio Lassiter hurt his back during the latter stretch of the tournament.
Lassiter, however, is on his way to full recovery and is looking forward to seeing action in the team’s next game.
Despite the series of injuries hampering the squad, head coach Olsen Racela and Arwind Santos, one of the three team captains of the squad, are not losing hope.
“There are times I get frustrated because we’re having difficulty having a complete lineup, but we still need to compete. We’re not losing hope,” added Racela, who is in his second conference as mentor of the squad.
Santos, for his part, refuses to look into the list of players in sick bay.