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November 1, 2007There's a flip side to Luke Harangody wearing a cast on his right hand/forearm for the past three weeks.
"All I've been doing is working on my left hand," said Harangody Wednesday from The Pit in Notre Dame's Joyce Center. "I'm probably going to feel more comfortable going to my left than my right after this cast comes off."
The cast, which was applied in mid-October when Harangody suffered torn ligaments in his right thumb, was replaced with a new one Tuesday. Next Tuesday, that cast will be removed and Harangody will be cleared to prepare for the start of the season, which officially begins Nov. 12 in a home tilt against Long Island University.
Harangody will not participate in Friday night's exhibition game at the Joyce Center versus St. Ambrose.
"After the exam, they said just one more week in the cast," Harangody said. "It should be fully healed by now.
"I'll probably have to wear something on it (for practices and games). They're talking about a leather glove. The only thing I'm worrying about is gripping the ball."
Harangody is pointing to the game versus Monmouth on Nov. 16 when the Irish take part in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam during Thanksgiving week.
"That's when I'm expecting to be full strength," Harangody said.
Head coach Mike Brey would like to see Harangody in action sooner, if possible.
"I'm hoping for the Virgin Islands," said Brey of Harangody's availability, "but I'm holding out hope that he's able to play in the first game, Nov. 12, against Long Island.
"We'll get a good look at it next Tuesday when the cast comes off, and I'm hopeful we can play him on Monday before we go to the Virgin Islands."
Harangody is just happy the wait is almost over.
"Yeah, it's been real tough," said Harangody of the three-week recovery. "I'm not going to lie about that. Just one more week. I can wait."