The Arizona softball Twitter account announced Tuesday that Arizona centerfielder Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza has no structural damage in her left knee injured last Friday at ASU and will be week-to-week as she tries to return to the field.
In Arizona’s first game against ASU on Friday, Palomino-Cardoza, a sixth-year senior, battled during her at-bat, fouling off many pitches with her team trailing 4-3 with two outs. She grounded out to shortstop to end the game.
I’m told Arizona players and coaches won’t be available for comment after tonight’s loss at ASU, so I won’t have an update on Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza’s injury.
But here’s another look at the play. Looks serious but hopefully it’s not. pic.twitter.com/dwXvSZppNV
— Ryan Kelapire (@RKelapire) April 17, 2021
Palomino-Cardoza tried to beat out the play at first, and in doing so, injured her left knee as she stepped on first base. She was helped off the field after trainers and the coaching staff evaluated her on the ground.
Things didn’t immediately look good for Palomino-Cardoza, who has battled back from two ACL tears during her career at Arizona.
She stayed in Tempe on Saturday and Sunday and cheered on her teammates while walking with the aid of crutches.
The Wildcats (27-8, 6-5 Pac-12) host Utah (16-18, 2-10) this weekend starting on Friday.
— Troy Hutchison (@THutch1995) April 20, 2021
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.