(WNFL) - Milwaukee Bucks' center Larry Sanders might return between the holidays. He's been out since November third, after he had surgery to repair a right thumb ligament he tore during a nightclub brawl in downtown Milwaukee. Yesterday, Sanders worked out with Robert Hackett, the Bucks' strength-and-conditioning coach. Coach Larry Drew says the 6-11 Sanders has been working out twice-a-day, and he's been working hard to get back into the swing of things. With only three available big men, Drew says he can really use Sanders right now. Drew says Sanders is pretty close to returning. The Bucks play at Cleveland tonight. Sanders will have been out for six weeks on Monday. He could be back for games next Friday night at Brooklyn, and the following Saturday night at home against Minnesota.
Bucks' forward Carlos Delfino is under doctor's orders to stay off his injured right foot for eight weeks. He had a second operation last weekend, after he broke a bone in his right foot during last May's playoffs when he was with the Houston Rockets. Delfino signed with the Bucks last summer for his second stint with the team -- but he has not practiced or played since signing. Delfino's latest surgery was performed in his native Argentina by Donato Villani, the team doctor for the Argentine national team. Delfino said a plate and two screws were removed, which were giving him a lot of pain. A new screw was installed at a different angle, and Delfino said it's supposed to fix the bones that had spread apart. Villani had performed the same surgery on several other Argentine athletes. Delfino could not say if he could return this season. He signed a two-year contract worth six-and-a-half million dollars.