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By ANDREW GRUMAN  |  Last updated 12/9/13
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- Bucks center Larry Sanders hadthe pin removed from his surgically-repaired right thumb Monday and was fittedfor a splint. The next step is to see how heresponds in the coming days and there's still no timetable on his return.Sanders said a few weeks ago that getting the pin out and the hard cast offwere big steps and the biggest remaining hurdles would be catching and holdinga basketball.Sanders tore a tendon in hisright thumb during an altercation at a downtown Milwaukee nightclub on Nov. 3and hasn't played since. He underwent surgery on Nov. 11.Butler remains out: Afteralready missing Milwaukee's last six games, forward Caron Butler is expected tobe out another week-to-10 days with a swollen left knee. Butler first felt pain in hisknee while boarding the team's flight to Charlotte on Thanksgiving and swellinghad set in by the time the plane landed. He tried to loosen the knee up to playagainst the Bobcats on Nov. 29 but couldn't go and hasn't played since. "Being in this position,being a captain on the ballclub and coming back to my hometown, and onlymissing two or three games last year (while playing with the Clippers), nowmissing so many early on, it's frustrating," Butler said. "But I haveto be patient and let the healing process play its course." While hopeful to be back inanother week, Butler is unsure when the swelling will go down and allow him toreturn to action."Whenever I feel good,I'll be playing basketball," Butler said. "Whenever I feel likemyself, I'll be playing basketball."Neal's injury flares up:As if there wasn't enough injury news Monday, Bucks guard Gary Neal sat out ofpractice Monday and won't make the trip to Chicago for Tuesday's game due tothe plantar fasciitis in his left foot.The injury has bothered Neal since last season, but he'smissed just one game because of the foot pain this year. Neal didn't playagainst Washington on Friday, but Drew said that was a coach's decision. Follow Andrew Gruman on Twitter
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