The Washington Mystics on Thursday waived forward Joy Cheek and re-added Kerri Gardin to their roster in advance of Saturday’s game at Eastern Conference-leading Indiana. 

Gardin averaged 1.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 12.3 minutes per game in three contests earlier this season for the Mystics. Washington released Gardin following its 77-59 loss June 18 at Tulsa and signed Cheek shortly thereafter. 

Cheek played in three games for the Mystics, averaging 1 point and 1 rebound in 5.3 minutes per contest. 

Washington continues to be plagued by several injuries, which have allowed the Mystics to compete with a 12-member roster. The WNBA granted the team a medical hardship waiver that allowed Washington to exceed the league-mandated 11-player limit.

The Mystics played their past two games without leading scorer Crystal Langhorne, the team’s starting power forward. Langhorne is suffering from what the team described as back pain. 

Veteran guard Alana Beard continues to miss time due to a left foot sprain. She has yet to play in a game this season and missed all of last year with a left ankle tendon injury. 

Forward Monique Currie, who ranked second on the team in scoring last season, is expected to miss the entire 2011 season after tearing the ACL in her left knee. 

The Mystics are 2-7 and have lost six of their last seven games.