CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura joined many former and current athletes in saying that Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose should take the safe route over the quick one in his return from a surgically repaired ACL.
Ventura knows something about returning from serious injury. During a 1997 spring training game, Ventura suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle while sliding into home plate. He returned to action on July 24 of that year.
"Well, I think you push to come back as quick as you can, (but) for him, it'll be different because he'll have a full year, or nine months, to be able to do it," Ventura said. "I chose to do it quicker. Whether that was good or bad I don't know. At that point, I could do what I needed to do. I didn't feel normal probably for a full year after."
Ventura acknowledges an ankle injury and a knee are hard to compare. He also chuckled while acknowledging he and Rose are nowhere near the same type of athlete. But he has no issue saying that the final decision to play should rest with Rose.
"With mine they were (saying), 'Just get out there as quick as you can,' " Ventura said. "I think with someone like Derrick, it's a personal thing and he's the one that has to live with it. The team does, too, but in the end it's his career and it's his choice."
Ventura also acknowledged that the gruesome compound fracture suffered on the court by Louisville's Kevin Ware during Sunday's NCAA Tournament game brought back some painful memories from 1997.
"Oh yeah, it does," Ventura said. "Ironically, the trainer I had with the Mets, Fred Hina, is their trainer. You feel for (Ware). Few people can sit and see an injury or have something happen like that (and) know what's going through his head.
"I think the recovery's the hard part, being able to get your mind around making your way back. He's pretty young so I think that is in his favor. Again, your heart goes out to him for what he's going through."