Al Horford is on track for next season’s training camp, but the Hawks center won’t be able to play for the Dominican Republic’s national team this summer as he rehabs from a torn right pectoral muscle.
In a statement released by the Hawks on Wednesday, Dr. Xavier Duralde said "Al is doing very well and has progressed as expected as he rehabilitates his right pectoral muscle. As of his most recent examination, he has only been cleared for spot shooting and light non-contact, on-court activity."
Horford suffered the injury on Dec. 26 in the Hawks’ 127-125 double-overtime win over the Cavaliers. He reached out his arm attempting to deflect an inbounds pass from Anderson Varejao and immediately stopped and clutched his right shoulder area.
It is the second such pectoral tear for Horford, who suffered the injury during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, playing in just 11 regular-season games. His recovery took for months.
Horford averaged a career-high 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 blocks this past season, but despite losing him, the Hawks still claimed the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and went seven games with the top-seeded Pacers before being ousted.