Mercury Waives Yuko OgaJune 2, 2009 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Phoenix Mercury
Oga suffered a fracture dislocation to the radius and ulna in her left wrist on Feb. 7, 2009 while playing in Japan and underwent successful surgery on Feb. 9.
"Yuko showed a lot of heart in the way she tried to fight through the pain that she's been suffering during training camp," said Head Coach Corey Gaines. "As camp progressed, the pain returned and she was unable to play to her potential. Despite the incredible job her doctors did on the surgery, she's unable to participate in full contact basketball at this time and needs to return home to fully recover."
"We respect Yuko's decision to return to Japan, which was a very difficult one," said General Manager Ann Meyers Drysdale. "It was unfortunate that she couldn't continue to perform at the level that she expected of herself. We wish her the best in her recovery."
Oga, nicknamed "Shin", became just the second Japanese player in WNBA history (Mikiko Hagiwara) when she appeared in 23 games for the Mercury in 2008. In her first season in Phoenix, she averaged 2.4 points in 7.8 minutes.
The Phoenix Mercury tips off the 2009 season on Saturday, June 6 vs. the San Antonio Silver Stars. Tickets for the home opener are on sale now and start at just $10. The first 6,000 through the doors on opening night will receive a commemorative T-shirt courtesy of the Arizona Lottery. Fans who would like to receive ticket offers prior to public on sale dates can sign up to become a member of Downtown Live free of charge at phoenixmercury.com. For tickets and information, call (602) 252-WNBA or visit phoenixmercury.com.
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