Toth may miss birth of baby No. 2

WES GILBERTSON, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 PM ET

CALGARY — Having battled a seemingly endless string of injuries so far this season, Kaleb Toth is likely tired of talking to the Calgary Roughnecks training staff.

This time, the medical team could be delivering some good news.

Toth’s wife, Mary-Ann, is due to give birth next weekend, but the Riggers forward will be trusting the trainers with his cell phone during Saturday’s clash in Orlando just in case the couple’s second child doesn’t abide by dad’s lacrosse schedule.

“It’s up to the little baby. It’s not really up to us,” Toth said. “Whenever she’s ready to come out, I guess she’ll come out.”

Rochester Knighthawks star John Grant Jr. was scratched from last week’s 9-4 loss to the Titans after his wife went into labour just hours before the game.

The Roughnecks coaching staff told Toth he could stay home, too, but the 32-year-old sharpshooter elected to make the trip Orlando.

With permission from his wife, of course.

“I’m sure it killed Junior to miss the game, but it would have been even more heartbreaking if he wasn’t there for the birth of his first child,” Toth said. “I was there for the birth of my first and it was a special experience and it was something I’ll never forget. I’m hoping to be there for the birth of my second one, I just didn’t plan it that good.”

Not much has gone according to plan this winter for Toth, the Roughnecks all-time leader in games played.

He battled a sore back in training camp, missed the first three outings of the season with a hamstring injury and has been bothered lately by a hip problem.

The right-handed sniper could probably benefit from another break, but Toth believes he can be a factor even though he’s a little banged up. In six outings so far this winter, he has nine goals and 20 points.

“It’s always one thing or another. As soon as one thing starts feeling good, another starts feeling worse,” Toth said. “I’m not healing like I’m used to. Lacrosse is such a physically demanding game that once you get one kind of injury, it prolongs the healing process because you’re playing and then you tend to over-compensate with other muscles and then they tend to get sore and you aggravate something else.

“That’s kind of been my case all year ... It’s just one thing after another.”


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