CHICAGO, ILL (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Milwaukee Bucks' center Larry Sanders has had pins removed from his injured right thumb. The thumb is now in a splint, and Sanders will be checked again soon. The Bucks' leading shot-blocker tore a ligament in early November during a fight at a downtown Milwaukee night club. He's expected to return to the line-up before the end of December.
The Bucks also said yesterday that center Zaza Pachulia will be out for at least four weeks with a broken bone in his right foot. An exam revealed the fracture, after Pachulia was hurt in last Wednesday night's loss to Detroit.
Also, coach Larry Drew said yesterday that forward Caron Butler would be out for another 7-to-10 days with his swollen left knee. Butler, a Racine native, has missed six games after the knee became swollen at Charlotte.
In addition, back-up guard Gary Neal did not practice yesterday due to a nagging left foot injury. He did not make the trip to Chicago where the Bucks will play the Bulls tonight. Milwaukee is 4-and-16. Chicago is 8-and-10 without its star Derrick Rose.