December 7, 2009 1:00 pm

Scuderi's (long-awaited) return

Rob Scuderi, after his day to day to day to day to day to day to day to day to day injury, is back in the lineup and will partner with Drew Doughty. Randy Jones stays with Jack Johnson, and Sean O’Donnell partners with Matt Greene.

Scuderi, himself, revealed that his “lower-body injury” was actually a sprained ankle — although not the dreaded high ankle sprain variety — and Terry Murray said he’s confident enough in Scuderi’s health that he didn’t feel the need to dress Peter Harrold as the “insurance” seventh defenseman.

Question: Were you surprised that it took this long to come back?

SCUDERI: “Sometimes when your hear the doctor’s diagnosis, you just take that for complete fact. It lagged on for maybe an extra week. I thought, `I want to play now,’ but it definitely didn’t feel right. I had a couple more days of working with the trainers, and everyone did a good job, so it’s a little longer than I wanted but I’m glad to be back.”

Question: But it’s not a high ankle sprain, right?

SCUDERI: “I think that was the initial worry, when it didn’t get much better in the first couple days, was that it might be something a little more serious. But after seeing a doctor, and taking I don’t know how many pictures, apparently it’s fine.”

Here’s what Murray said this morning about Scuderi’s return…

MURRAY: “He came and knocked on my door after practice the other day, and basically said, `There’s four days that I’ve been feeling very good.’ He’s not getting any tape put on his foot, on his lower body, so he’s ready to go. That’s good news.”

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