Arizona notebook: Mayes gets good news on foot

2012-02-04T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T10:44:55Z Arizona notebook: Mayes gets good news on footBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 04, 2012 12:00 am  • 

STANFORD, Calif. - Initial X-rays on UA guard Jordin Mayes' injured right foot did not reveal a break, but the Wildcats are still taking a careful approach because of his history.

Mayes is unlikely to play today at Stanford but could return soon depending on his pain level. If the pain from his injury suffered Thursday at Cal subsides, UA would re-test him, and he could play.

If it does not, however, a stress fracture may be suspected and he could miss more time.

"Because that's the foot that he broke and he has a screw in it, and he has some pain, we're going to proceed with caution," UA coach Sean Miller said Friday. "He doesn't have additional swelling, and he actually says he feels a little better this morning than he did when he hurt it, which is a great sign.

Miller was less optimistic Thursday night, when UA staffers feared Mayes had broken the same foot he underwent surgery for in June.

"When he went down (at Cal), he had the pain in the same foot that he had the screw in, and you really think about the reality of him breaking that foot again," Miller said. "But he didn't do that."

Parrom surgery successful

In Tucson on Friday, UA forward Kevin Parrom underwent virtually the same foot surgery that Mayes had last summer.

Miller said it went well and so did Parrom, via Twitter.

"Up from a long day of surgery," Parrom tweeted at 5:33 p.m. "It wasn't bad at all … I'll be OK."

Miller said he expects to have Parrom back by early May, which should allow him a nearly complete offseason to recover and train.

Pasternack contact 'a reflex'

UA assistant coach Joe Pasternack said the contact he made with Cal guard Jorge Gutierrez during Thursday's game was not deliberate, although Bears forward Harper Kamp said Gutierrez believed Pasternack kicked him on purpose after charging into the UA bench.

"I would like to clarify that my actions were a reflex in response to a player falling on top of me while running at top speed toward our bench," Pasternack said in a UA statement. "I have great respect for … the Cal program and Jorge Gutierrez and the competitiveness he brings to the court. In no way was I deliberately trying to engage him. My hope is that this statement will clear up any misconceptions about the incident and that we can move on in a positive fashion."

Pasternack was a former Cal assistant under Ben Braun and helped recruit Kamp from Mesa.

Kamp said he didn't see the incident but that Gutierrez "felt Coach P said something and extended his leg and tried to kick him. … They are both passionate guys."

Officials reviewed the play, and neither Pasternack nor Gutierrez was called for a foul, nor did the Pac-12 office issue any response.

Miller said he didn't see what happened but was wary after seeing three players ejected on three previous Thursday nights.

"I'm glad they went to the monitor because our streak's alive," Miller said jokingly. "I think that's 15 consecutive games now (they've reviewed plays). I was worried about Joe, that they were going to eject him, but I'm glad. God forbid if they would have ejected someone else on the other team."

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