Erram, Baclao expected to miss time due to injuries

NLEX center Poy Erram will be out for two weeks after suffering a collateral ligament sprain on his left arm, coach Yeng Guiao confirmed to ESPN5.com.

"One week in a sling. No fractures or dislocation. At least two weeks out of action," Guiao said.

Erram sustained the injury early in the second quarter of the Road Warriors' first game of the PBA Governors' Cup against Phoenix on Saturday. The big man, who grabbed two rebounds and went scoreless in five minutes of play, was immediately taken to the hospital after his arm was clipped by the Fuel Masters' Dave Marcelo.

NLEX went on to score a 123-116 win after his exit.

Erram, who averaged 10.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks on 46 percent shooting from the field last conference, just recently recovered from a leg injury that kept him out of Gilas Pilipinas' final week of practice before the FIBA World Cup.

Meanwhile, Alaska Aces coach Jeff Cariaso said Noy Baclao will be out for at least 10 months after rupturing his right patella in their conference opener against the Columbian Dyip on Friday.

"I haven't thought about that yet to be honest, but Noy's injury does hurt us, to be honest with you. We've gotten smaller," Cariaso said on Sunday.

Cariaso siad the team will rely on its frontcourt depth to to compensate for the loss of Baclao, who averaged 3.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 block per game in the Commissioner's Cup.

"The next guy after Sonny (Thoss) [and] Abu (Tratter) is Jake (Pascual), and Vic (Manuel's) more of a power forward, we know that. So yes, we've gotten smaller when Noy went down. That's gonna hurt us," he said. "We'll process it correctly. We'll study what we have and we'll make the necessary changes, if there's any.