Men's Basketball Loses Another Player to an Injury

Jan. 30, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. -

Oregon State University freshman forward Chris Manker will be sidelined up to six weeks with a stress reaction in his left leg, it was announced Tuesday by Beaver head coach Ritchie McKay.

Manker, who has also been playing with an inflamed tendon in the same leg, has appeared in all 19 games. The 6'10' true freshman has started three contests and is averaging 1.7 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 12.8 minutes.

'A stress reaction is a precursor to a stress fracture,' OSU team physician Ron Wobig said. 'The injury is caused by repetitive loading of bones and joints. We're confident we have caught the injury soon enough, and that a fracture won't occur. We are now in a wait and see mode to how Chris reacts to treatment as far as when he will be able to return to the court.'

The loss of Manker dwindles Oregon State's already depleted roster to seven or eight available players for Thursday's home game with the Arizona State Sun Devils. Senior center Jason Heide is questionable with sprains in both ankles. The Beavers have lost every post player on their preseason roster for a period of time and games this season, except sophomore forward Brian Jackson. Jackson has played the last three games with a painful avulsion fracture in his left foot (near the ankle).

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