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Hinrich suffers groin injury vs. Thunder

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Hinrich suffers groin injury vs. Thunder

Already beginning the season without All-Star Derrick Rose, the teams point-guard depth suffered another potential hit during Tuesday nights game against the Thunder at the United Center. Veteran Kirk Hinrich strained his right groin in the second quarter of the contest didnt return to the game.

I spoke to Fred Tedeschi, the teams athletic trainer at halftime. He said he tweaked something, said Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. I dont know how serious it is. If he needs time, hell get time. If he doesnt, hell play in the next game.

Hinrich missed last Tuesdays win over the Bucks with a right-thumb injury. In his absence, backup Nate Robinson started the second half and seldom-used rookie Marquis Teague also saw minutes at point guard.

I thought Nate played well. In the second half, he was trying to run our offense, said Thibodeau. Teague has done a good job. Hes practicing well. Hes learning the game, the NBA game. Hes learning his teammates. Each day, hes gotten better, so if hes called upon, I expect him to play well.

Even if the injury is minor and Hinrich was sidelined for precautionary reasons, his injury highlighted just how fragile the Bulls depth at the position is. Thibodeau, however, is confident that even if Hinrich was sidelined for an extended period of time, his next man up philosophy, which has worked for the better part of his tenure in Chicago, will allow the team to ride out the storm.

Thats part of the game, he explained. Everybody in that room is capable of playing and playing well, and were going to need everyone over the course of the season, so I expect when theyre called upon, to be ready and get the job done.

ICYMI: Eloy Jimenez making his return?; Javier Báez exits Sunday's game with minor injury; Time for Bulls to think outside the box?

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ICYMI: Eloy Jimenez making his return?; Javier Báez exits Sunday's game with minor injury; Time for Bulls to think outside the box?

Eloy Jimenez looks set to make his White Sox return this week, Javier Báez exited Sunday's game with a minor injury and is it time for the Bulls to think outside the box in the NBA Draft? Here's what you may have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

White Sox

All indications point towards Eloy Jimenez returning to the White Sox this week, as the rookie outfielder was not in Triple-A Charlotte's lineup on Sunday. Jimenez's return comes just in time, as the White Sox play two of the best teams in baseball this week.

Manny Banuelos went on the injured list last week, though his stay on the shelf might be brief. Who starts in Banuelos' place on Monday is still uncertain.

The White Sox aren't getting what they expected from Ivan Nova so far, but Lucas Giolito has been tremendous. Giolito spun another good start on Saturday; what's behind his resurgence?

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss James McCann's breakout season.

Cubs

Javier Báez exited Sunday's game against the Nationals with a right heel contusion, though he could be back in the lineup on Monday.

Jon Lester's hot streak came to an end on Saturday, though the bigger story from the game is the Cubs questioning if Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle's delivery is legal.

The Cubs put on a home run derby vs. the Nationals on Friday. The team also used the same 1-5 hitters all weekend; here's why the group is worth sticking with for the foreseeable future.

Former Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano made his return to the mound over the weekend with the independent Chicago Dogs.

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer and NBC Sports Chicago producers Eric Strobel and Nate Poppen breakdown Monday's matchup between Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta.

Other

NBC Sports Chicago's Mark Schanowski wonders if it's time for the Bulls to think outside the box in the NBA Draft.

Mark Strotman breaks down potential options for the Bulls at No. 7 in Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver and Duke's Cam Reddish.

In the latest Blackhawks mailbag, Charlie Roumeliotis discusses Blackhawks trade probabilities and playoff chances in 2019-20.

White Sox Talk Podcast: What has James McCann meant to the White Sox? Everything

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What has James McCann meant to the White Sox? Everything

Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber talk about James McCann's breakout season with the White Sox (1:15).

Then Chuck speaks with McCann about all the preparation he does for every game (9:20), why he'll never use a cheat sheet scouting report behind the plate like many catchers do (11:30) and what McCann has been badgering Lucas Giolito about since spring training (14:30).

Plus, why Evan Marshall and Aaron Bummer have been so successful out of the bullpen (16:30), why McCann acts as a karaoke host on the team bus (17:40) and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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