Cates to Compete in St. Louis Despite Shoulder Injury

PUEBLO, Colo. – Reese Cates is ranked third in the world standings and has no intentions of trying to slow down despite a left shoulder injury.

Cates confirmed to that he will be competing at this weekend’s Bass Pro Chute Out in St. Louis after X-rays determined no significant damage to his left shoulder (free arm) after he sustained the injury following his 4.36-second buckoff on LL Cool J in Round 2 of the Anaheim Invitational.

According to Cates, X-rays showed an aggravation of a previous shoulder separation and some former rotator cuff damage.

“All things considered, everything is pretty good,” Cates said. “Apparently, there were a couple former injuries in there with a separated shoulder and some rotator cuff damage that I never had checked out or didn’t even know about that could be pretty easily aggravated whenever you take a hit. (Dr.) Tandy (Freeman) said it is up to me. He said if the event was tomorrow, he would recommend taking the week off, but since I still have a few days until I have to ride I should be alright.”

Cates, at this time, doesn’t plan on taping his shoulder or wearing any kind of brace in St. Louis. Instead, he will focus on resting the shoulder this week.

On Tuesday, Cates visited a local chiropractor and received acupuncture and a massage in Arkansas.

He is tentatively scheduled to face Walk Off during the 15/15 Bucking Battle on Friday night, which will be broadcast on CBS Sunday at noon.

The 15/15 will provide Cates an opportunity at winning an additional 150 points toward the world standings and gain some ground on current world leader Matt Triplett, who he trails by 940 points.

There are also three rounds and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round up that are up for grabs at Scottrade Center.

“It is a long season and there are plenty of opportunities to capitalize and get your points, but with a three-day event and a 15/15 it is kind of a vital event to be at,” Cates said. “St. Louis is always a great event. In years past it has been one of the most notorious events for 90-point rides.

“I am looking forward to being there.”

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