Medical tests confirm torn ACL

Lady Vol softball player India Chiles, although out of action this weekend because of a torn ACL, is undergoing an aggressive rehab regimen and will try to play if Tennessee were to make the field for the Women's College World Series.

Chiles, a senior leftfielder and SEC Player of the Year who hit .544 in league play, was injured Saturday in the game against North Carolina in the Knoxville Regional. Chiles was trying to avoid a tag in the base path by the second baseman and came to an abrupt stop and spun away from the fielder. She immediately went down and had to be helped from the field.

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.


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