Mike Rosario's season marred by injuries
After sitting out one year following his transfer from Rutgers, Florida guard Mike Rosario had hoped this would be a breakout season for him with the Gators.
But as the regular season winds to a close, Rosario's season continues to be plagued by injuries. He has missed the past three games with a hip pointer, and has also missed time with back problems and an ankle injury.
The most recent injury occurred in practice.
"After the Tennessee game in practice, he and Cody Larson collided hip-to-hip, and I don’t know if it was a bone bruise or some kind of bruise, but there was pretty significant swelling,'' Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "He had a difficult time doing anything, riding a bike, jogging, doing anything. He tried to do a little bit after the Alabama game and still had a problem. He tried to practice again on Friday before Arkansas and he was in there a while and it still bothered him. It’s really a hip pointer, but it’s almost at a point when he’s running or cutting and moving that he’s got a lot of discomfort''
Rosario has played in 21 of the Gators' 27 games this season.
"I think he’s really favoring it to the point where he’s very, very leery of cutting and moving in certain ways,'' Donovan said. "You can notice it on plays where he has to push off or change direction. When those guys get hurt like that, we try to at least push them to a point where we aren’t putting them in harm's way, and I don’t think he’s going to put himself in a position where he’s going to reinjure it or he’s going to hurt it any more severely than it’s already been hurt. I do think he has a lack of confidence in the injury in terms of working through it because he just does not feel comfortable when he’s cutting or moving.''
Rosario is expected to be available when the Gators host Auburn tonight, but to what extent he'll be able to contribute is uncertain.