Raps' hard-luck star

Chris Bosh awoke Monday with pain in his left eye when looking at light and was diagnosed with a...

Chris Bosh awoke Monday with pain in his left eye when looking at light and was diagnosed with a viral problem -- similar to pink eye. The good news is he is doing better. (Toronto Sun File/Craig Robertson)

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:06 AM ET

If Chris Bosh has a spare moment, he should volunteer to be a test patient in a med school lab at the University of Toronto.

With all the nagging health problems, Bosh has experienced this season, the Raptors star could be an invaluable tool for would-be doctors.

The latest setback is the first one this season that has nothing to do with playing basketball.

Bosh awoke Monday with pain in his left eye when looking at light and was diagnosed with a viral problem -- similar to pink eye. He felt a bit better yesterday after putting drops in his eye, but was held out of practice for the second day in a row and is questionable for a game in Cleveland tonight against the Cavaliers.

The eye issue comes while Bosh is battling a sore right knee that has forced him to wear a brace. In the pre-season, Bosh had a sore left heel.

"My immune system is good," Bosh said, thinking positively.

"I haven't got a cold or anything. That's the upside. I'm going to take some Vitamin C since you (a reporter) said that (he is injury-plagued)."

Anti-bacterial gel, to keep the nasty stuff off his hands that could get into his eyes, might be an idea as well. Anything that could keep Bosh healthy must be considered, seeing as the Raptors were 1-11 without him after he sprained his left thumb last season.

The good news is the injuries haven't made a big impact on Bosh's play this season. While he hasn't been as explosive with the brace, he still is averaging all-star numbers -- 21.2 points and 12.2 rebounds per game.

"Physically, (injuries are) a part of the game," he said. "But it's going pretty good right now so it's not a jinx. I'm still playing."

And he's playing well, even with the injuries.

"You got to learn how to play with discomforts and injuries," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "You've just got to learn. Ask those guys in the NFL after about Week 5, how many of them feel good.

"You've got to find a way on Sunday to get it done. In the NBA, you've got to find a way on Wednesday and Friday and Sunday to try to get it done."

Bosh couldn't put his contact lenses in yesterday, something he hopes to do today in anticipation of a return.

He worked up a good sweat and put up some shots after practice yesterday.

On Monday, Bosh had to close his eyes to prevent the pain experienced by the emergence of sunlight.

"It was a nice, pretty day outside, so it really kind of killed me," he said. "I don't have any shades. I've got to get some. They're all in Texas."

Meanwhile, it appears likely swingman Morris Peterson will return tonight after missing the past seven games with a left elbow injury.

"I feel like right now I can play," Peterson said. "We're just going to make sure once I wake up (today). If it's feeling better and not sore, I'm definitely going to play."

Tonight marks the start of a two-game trip for the Raptors, who travel to Chicago to face the Bulls on Friday.


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