via Chicago Tribune:
Bulls’ starting point guard, Kirk Hinrich will return to the lineup Tuesday night after missing 7-games with a right elbow infection. Hinrich revealed that during his absence he spent days in the hospital after an operation to remove a bursa sac and infection.
Kirk Hinrich missed time earlier in the season because of hip and knee issues. His latest injury was the oddest of them all. The Bulls guard on Monday detailed the right elbow infection that caused him to miss the last seven games. ”I punctured my bursa sac,” Hinrich said. “It was an impossible stitch. The feedback that everybody was giving our trainers and from the docs was that there was a good chance it was going to get infected. And it finally did. ”It got to the point where it was going to get pretty bad, and I started feeling sick. I was really hurting and had to go get it taken care of.” Hinrich underwent an operation during which the bursa sac was removed, cleaned and sewed back up. Before the procedure, he couldn’t bend his arm because of the swelling. Hinrich said doctors told him the elbow would not become re-infected. He spent two-plus days in the hospital absorbing a constant flow of antibiotics. ”I just want to get it taken care of,” he said. Hinrich doesn’t expect his minutes to be restricted when he returns to the lineup Tuesday night in New Orleans. No time for rest: Joakim Noah, who played 16-plus minutes in Sunday’s All-Star Game in Houston, said he hadn’t slept for four days because of the All-Star festivities. Coach Tom Thibodeau was asked about getting Noah refocused after his lack-of-sleep claim. ”I don’t pay attention to what he says,” Thibodeau said. Tired legs? Thibodeau wouldn’t say his team was tired before the All-Star break, but he admitted a combination of issues contributed to some lackluster performances. ”It was a strange sort of finish for us because we were all over the place,” he said. “You combine all the road games with guys being in and out of the lineup … you’re going to be challenged in different ways because you’re not going to have the same rhythm.”