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Saturday, April 17, 2010
D.J. Mbenga has emergency eye surgery, out for Game 1

By Andy Kamenetzky

The last two practices have been brutal for D.J. Mbenga. Friday featured an elbow to the head and a trip to the neurologist for concussion tests. The results were fine and he returned to action Saturday afternoon in El Segundo only to get hit again, this time in the eye. The contact resulted in a retinal hole, and a team spokesman told ESPNLA.com's Dave McMenamin emergency laser surgery was performed.

Mbenga will be out a minimum of 72 hours and unavailable for Sunday's series opener against the Thunder. Just one more injury in what's become a comically snake-bitten season. Assuming Andrew Bynum is able to play a reasonable amount of minutes in his return to action, Mbenga probably wouldn't have played much, anyway. Still, purple and gold bodies are hitting the ground at an unnerving frequency.

Best wishes to D.J. on a speedy recovery.