Medical evaluations continue to flip-flop the diagnose of rookie Ashley Walker’s jammed right big toe, according to coach Brian Agler. A fracture was ruled out but the injury could be a soft tissue-type of fracture.
“She may not be out as long,” said Agler of Walker, who missed Tuesday’s matinee. “We hope it’s for the shortest time and it has been a little bit frustrating because we have been going back-n-forth trying to decide what it is. It’s not that easy to decide. I’m sure when [physicians] look at pictures, there’s enough overlap where it can go either way.”
Walker (pictured right) saw a podiatrist following Tuesday’s win and was barefoot on crutches at practice today. She will normally wear a protective boot to keep pressure off the foot.
“I took a wrong step and stubbed my toe,” said Walker of how the injury occurred at practice on Sunday. “It kills. It’s really sensitive to the touch.”
Walker, who has never suffered an injury in her entire career, won’t suit up for Thursday’s game against Sacramento, preventing her from another matchup against childhood friend Courtney Paris. The Storm rookie got the edge in head-to-head matchups earlier this season.
Selected 12th overall in the draft, Walker was averaging 4.4 minutes and moving from the power forward position she played at California to the small forward slot.
“Getting her healthy is the most important thing,” said Agler of how missed practice will slow Walker’s growth at the new position. “We’ll just focus on that.”
In other news from practice, the Storm plans to announce the final tally for their All-Decade team during Thursday’s game. I just about backed out of my F Swin Cash selection, but her past two games against Los Angeles and San Antonio made me feel confident again. PG Sonja Henning is the close alternate pick for me.
The WNBA ends All-Star voting today.