Mercury’s Diana Taurasi to return Sunday from sternum fracture

Jun 25, 2021, 1:24 PM

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)...

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

(Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Diana Taurasi will be available to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Sparks at home after spending the past month on the sideline to heal a broken sternum, the Phoenix Mercury said Friday.

The Mercury added that they have released Haley Gorecki, who on May 27 was added via a hardship roster contract.

Taurasi suffered a chest injury May 16 against the Connecticut Sun but played two more games before taking a leave on May 25 to heal. The team said then that she would be out a minimum of four weeks.

The nine-time All-Star put up 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting against the Washington Mystics and 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting facing the Sun while playing through the injury. A CT scan revealed a fractured sternum, which led to her taking the past month off.

Taurasi averaged 15.8 points, 3.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds through Phoenix’s 2-2 start to the season.

Phoenix has gone 4-5 without Taurasi and suffered a four-game losing streak before stopping the skid last Friday with a 80-66 win over the Sparks.

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