Synowski expected back

April 26, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko

A magnetic resonance imaging test performed on the right knee of Archbishop Spalding's Rachel Synowski has revealed nothing more serious than strained ligaments, and the senior pitcher expects to return next week.

Synowski, an All-Metro selection last year, injured the knee while warming up before Friday's game against the Institute of Notre Dame. At first, doctors believed that she had a torn meniscus, and that surgery might be necessary.

"After hearing the loud pop and the way it hurt, I thought it was a lot more serious than this," said Synowski, whose spikes caught in the dirt as she was releasing a pitch.

Synowski, who is 5-0 and hasn't allowed an earned run in 30 innings, will begin physical therapy today. If she returns this season -- Spalding has three games remaining before the Catholic League tournament -- she will have to wear a brace.

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