Hamilton has a torn plantar fascia


Hamilton has a torn plantar fascia

Rip Hamilton has a torn plantar fascia in his left foot, the organization announced Sunday evening.

The diagnosis was the result of an MRI the Bulls starting shooting guard had earlier in the day.

The veteran limped off the court and headed to the locker room at the 3:15 mark of Saturday night's Bulls' home win over Philadelphia, then was deemed questionable to return by the team, which initially described the injury as a sprained left foot.

Hamilton, who said afterwards that he heard a "pop," eventually returned to the bench and was reinserted into the contest during the game's final minute for free-throw purposes, knocking down three of four foul shots to help seal the victory over the 76ers.

The 34-year-old, who played in 28 of 66 regular-season games in his debut campaign in Chicago a year ago due to various ailments is averaging 13.9 points per game through the Bulls' first 15 games.

The organization stated that Hamilton "will return to play as his symptoms permit," but if he's forced to miss the Bulls' next game -- Tuesday against Indiana at the United Center -- a person with knowledge of the situation told CSNChicago.com that backup shooting guard Marco Belinelli could start over second-year swingman Jimmy Butler.

Butler has a more prominent role in Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau's rotation, but his energy and scoring off the bench is considered valuable to the second unit, and he could see the bulk of the minutes on the wing alongside All-Star Luol Deng anyway, the source explained.

The Bulls were plagued with a bout of plantar fasciitis during the 2009-10 season, when Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah, in particular, suffered from the injury, while more recently, former backup point guard C.J. Watson also dealt with the condition.

Preview: Chris Sale faces Jose Quintana, White Sox Tuesday on CSN

Preview: Chris Sale faces Jose Quintana, White Sox Tuesday on CSN


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Today’s starting pitching matchup: Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.82 ERA) vs. Chris Sale (5-2, 2.34 ERA)

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Joe Maddon thinking shake-up for Cubs? ‘I have no idea what that would be’

Joe Maddon thinking shake-up for Cubs? ‘I have no idea what that would be’

SAN DIEGO – Joe Maddon looked down at the desk, shook his head and didn’t hesitate when asked if he was thinking about making some lineup changes to jolt the Cubs.

“I have no idea what that would be,” Maddon said after Monday’s 5-2 loss to the Padres at Petco Park. “We’ve tried everything possible. Guys have been rested. We’ve given guys days off. These are our players. I have all the faith in the world.”

The defending World Series champs are a .500 team through the Memorial Day checkpoint, but Maddon projected calm from the manager’s office to the cameras, expecting that message to filter out toward his clubhouse.

But this wasn’t the red-hot Dodgers pushing all the right bullpen buttons and executing a game plan almost flawlessly. The Cubs had Jarred Cosart on the ropes – and bases-loaded opportunities in the first, second and seventh innings – but still couldn’t deliver the knockout punch against a last-place team.

The Padres gave up 10 walks while the Cubs went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.

“We came off a 7-2 homestand,” Maddon said. “Everybody loved us a couple days ago. Now all of a sudden, we’ve had a tough time scoring runs on the road. We just got to do better. That’s all this comes down to.”

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Until Jason Heyward lined a 93-mph Cosart fastball into right field for a two-out, bases-loaded single and a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the middle of that homestand (May 21) had been the last time the Cubs scored without hitting a home run.

“Everybody’s proverbially trying way too hard,” Maddon said. “(Don’t) try to hit homers. Really, again, take what they give you. Play with the middle. You got to convince them to do it. They got to do it.

“It’s not complicated. You can see the big swings coming out of our zone when just a single would do. That’s it. We did it before. We can do it again. We just got to keep talking. But then you have to use the velvet hammer as opposed to a real one. Otherwise, you have no chance whatsoever.”