Basketball: Gutierrez to miss both L.A. games, but does not need surgery on knee

Cal coach Mike Montgomery said during his weekly Pac-10 coaches media teleconference that sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez will miss Wednesday’s game against UCLA, but that his injured right knee will not require surgery.

“He has a meniscus issue — he caught it wrong and it’s very sore,” Montgomery said. “We’re hoping (he’s back) as soon as possible.”

UPDATED AT 3:30 P.M.: Just got back from Montgomery’s weekly press conference at Cal, and he said Gutierrez’s problem stems from the surgery he had last spring. Jorge underwent an MRI last week because the knee was giving him trouble, then another one Monday. No change, he just landed on it wrong against Stanford and aggravated the same problem.

Gutierrez won’t play Saturday against USC, barring something “miraculous,” Montgomery said, and they hope to have him back next week.

Gutierrez, the Bears’ sixth man, injured the knee with 7:20 left in the first half of Cal’s 92-66 win over Stanford on Saturday. He underwent an MRI exam on Monday, which showed nothing the medical staff did not already know, Montgomery said.

Jeff Faraudo

  • milo

    As good as news as possible. Definitely need Jorge for the conference run. Go Bears!

  • uh oh

    I doubt my wish will come true, because I don’t think he’s close to earning it yet, but let’s hope that DJ Seeley can get some more playing time and do something good with it. It would be really nice to have him ready to go as a solid stud coming into his junior year.

    Instead, I’ll have to think that this will mean more minutes for the existing starters, and Omondi Amoke, who HAS earned it.