Kyle Troup is a scratch for this week’s PBA Indianapolis Open and finds himself in wait-and-see mode as he tries to give an ailing right hand a little rest.
When PBA sideline reporter Kimberly Pressler asked the three-time PBA Tour titlist, who had just finished third in Sunday’s PBA Players Championship on FS1, if he planned to bowl the PBA Indianapolis Open this week, he told her he would have to wait and see how his hand felt in the morning.
A knifing pain shooting from his ring finger down into his hand had surfaced again halfway through his semifinal match against Anthony Simonsen on the show, an injury that nearly had kept him off the telecast entirely as match play progressed.
“On Monday I got up and went to urgent care because it’s been bothering me since the start of match play,” Troup told BJI. “They think it’s some kind of tendonitis in my ring finger. It’s pretty much from the middle of my ring finger down into the middle of my hand. They gave me a steroid and told me to rest it, ice it.”
Troup dealt with sciatica pain and back problems several years ago and remembers putting himself out of commission for a month by trying to bowl through it. He is determined not to push it this time.
“Rest is pretty much what it needs,” he said. “It’s still pretty tight this morning. I still can’t ball a fist. When I’m not bowling, it’s just an irritating pain. But when I am bowling, I really can’t hit it at the bottom. I mean, I got through match play last week, but I think that was just luck of the draw. I’d rather not press the luck.”
Still, it is frustrating for Troup to miss the Indy stop given the unique challenge it presents, with dual patterns used throughout the week — the 45-foot Dick Weber pattern on the left lane and the 38-foot Mike Aulby pattern on the right.
“I really hate that I’m gonna miss that because I feel like I kind of have a little bit of an edge there because I’m a touch player,” he said. “I’m just going to continue to ice it at night and just try and take care of it. I’ll try and bowl on Saturday, because I need to leave for Jonesboro [to bowl the PBA Jonesboro Open] on Sunday. If I still have this tightness in my hand by the end of the weekend, I can only imagine that bowling would still hurt. I’ll go see a hand surgeon to get a Cortisone shot.”
Troup said his hand felt fine through his first two matches on the Players Championship show, when he defeated E.J. Tackett, 255-245, in the opener and D.J. Archer, 194-193, in the second match. When transition forced him to change balls and hit it a little harder halfway through the semifinal, things changed.
“The 5th frame, when I went Brooklyn again on the left lane, you can kind of hear me grunt,” he said. “When I made the change to the IDOL, I knew I was going to hit it harder. During the week, that’s the only ball I threw, using two different IDOLS. I just kept hitting it and going farther left. Once my hand got messed up, I had to really change that. In the moment [on the show], I felt like, you know, you gotta do what you gotta do. But my hand hurt so much it was shaking during the commercial break, and I pretty much couldn’t hit it after that.”
Troup hopes the injury is an isolated incident resulting from the great deal of bowling he has done in recent months rather than something more chronic.
“I’ve never had an injury in my hand," he said. "I think it’s just from bowling so much. I bowled tournaments every weekend before [the 2019 season got underway], so I’m used to bowling every week. I think just bowling five out of seven days, putting in 30 to 40 games a week, plus practice, I think it just caught up with me.”