The initial diagnosis Saturday of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee was confirmed Wednesday after diagnostic tests, including an MRI, were reviewed. It had been hoped that perhaps Chiles had sustained a knee sprain without damage to the ACL – UT's medical staff said Saturday that was possible – but the tear was revealed in the tests, and Chiles met with her doctor to discuss the results and how to proceed. Tears in an ACL can be of varying degrees of severity.
"She is going to rehab aggressively, and her status will be determined on a day-to-day basis based on the progress of her rehab," according to a news release from Tennessee.
Chiles has been declared out for Friday and Saturday's games against Hawaii. Tennessee (57-5) meets Hawaii (49-11) at 8 p.m. (ESPNU) at Tyson Park in the first game of the Super Regional. The second game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday with a third game, if necessary at 6:30 p.m. The winner of the three-game series moves on to the WCWS in Oklahoma City, May 31-June 6.
Chiles will try to play in that event, if Tennessee were to advance. She could play without causing any further damage to the ligament, and Chiles' intent is to try to be available to the team in some capacity for the WCWS. That will depend on how the rehab process goes over the next week. She would have to be released by UT's medical staff before being allowed to play.