Chandler Hutchison out 3-4 months after arthroscopic shoulder surgery
Chicago Bulls forward Chandler Hutchison will be out of commission for three to four months after undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery next week, according to an official report from the team.
OFFICIAL: Chandler Hutchison to undergo arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday, March 17, to treat the acromioclavicular joint injury of his right shoulder. The projected recovery time is 12-16 weeks.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 11, 2020
Over the weekend, Hutchison noted that he and the Bulls were considering surgery as an option. Ultimately, that’s the route they’ll take.
“When I got that last cortisone shot, it was testing to see if that’s going to help and maybe push me to get some games in at the end of the season. We basically put a month on it from the day of the shot, which ends up being right around March 16. If it doesn’t get better by then, it’s like, OK, we gotta take that next step and have a more serious discussion about possibly doing surgery,” Hutchison said, via NBC Sports.
The loss of Hutchison is unfortunate for the Bulls, who are currently holding a 22-43 overall record. The second-year forward has played in 28 games this season (10 starts), racking up averages of 7.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting from the field (31.6 percent from beyond the arc) and 3.9 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per outing.
Hutchison will be sidelined for a few weeks. Hopefully, though, he’ll have enough time to get some quality work in before the start of next season.
The Bulls will be back in action on Thursday night, when they’ll face off against the Orlando Magic. Tip-off inside the Amway Center is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.