Diana Taurasi to return in 10-12 weeks after successful surgery

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The list of big names that would and potentially be missing at the outset of the upcoming WNBA season already read like a who’s who between Maya Moore, Liz Cambage, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Angel McCoughtry, and Breanna Stewart.

That list now has one more after the Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi underwent successful surgery in what was described as a “procedure on a disc protrusion in her back to alleviate symptoms” of weakness of the muscles and pain.

Such a timetable would theoretically have Taurasi’s return sometime in July – possibly around All-Star weekend in the latter part of the month.

According to a release, Mercury general manager Jim Pitman said she experienced these symptoms during workouts in the offseason and informed the team.


We have confidence that this procedure will not only get her back on the court but ensure she can get back to chasing around her toddler son, Leo, as well.

–Phoenix Mercury general manager Jim Pitman (per release)

The Mercury, which have won three championships in its history – all with Taurasi – have come close the last few seasons only to be denied. Phoenix is expected to, once again, be a contender for the W’s top prize in 2019.

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