Earlier this afternoon, the Chicago Tribune’s Vaughn McClure reported that Kirk Hinrich will be playing in tomorrow’s game at the New Orleans Hornets. Hinrich has been out for the Bulls with an infected elbow since the beginning of February.
Initially, Hinrich suffered the elbow injury while diving for a loose ball on January 7 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The injury ended up being a burst bursa sac in Hinrich’s right elbow. Despite that, he would go on to play.
Eventually, Hinrich would sit out on February 1 during the game versus the Brooklyn Nets. This was so he could have his elbow examined by team physician Dr. Brian Cole. After the examination, the consensus was that it would take about a week for Hinrich to recover from the infection.
Over two weeks later, the Bulls will finally have Hinrich back in the lineup. Without him, the Bulls have gone 2-5 for the month of February. Perhaps, Captain Kirk’s return will be just what Chicago needs to pull off some wins.