Kirk Hinrich missed time earlier in the season because of hip and knee issues. His latest injury was the oddest of them all.

The Bulls guard on Monday detailed the right elbow infection that caused him to miss the last seven games.

"I punctured my bursa sac,'' Hinrich said. "It was an impossible stitch. The feedback that everybody was giving our trainers and from the docs was that there was a good chance it was going to get infected. And it finally did.

"It got to the point where it was going to get pretty bad, and I started feeling sick. I was really hurting and had to go get it taken care of.''

Hinrich underwent an operation during which the bursa sac was removed, cleaned and sewed back up. Before the procedure, he couldn't bend his arm because of the swelling.

Hinrich said doctors told him the elbow would not become re-infected. He spent two-plus days in the hospital absorbing a constant flow of antibiotics.

"I just want to get it taken care of,'' he said.