Bulls' Hutchison Sidelined By Hamstring Injury

The team didn't provide a timeline for his return.

Cody Westerlund
September 05, 2019 - 2:15 pm
Bulls forward Chandler Hutchison

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(670 The Score) Bulls small forward Chandler Hutchison has suffered a left hamstring strain, the team announced Thursday.

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An MRI confirmed the injury, which happened during a recent workout. The Bulls didn't provide a timeline for Hutchison's return, though it's the type of injury that often lingers for weeks.

"Hutchison will be re-evaluated regularly as he progresses through his rehabilitation," the team said in a statement.

The Bulls traditionally open training camp in late September. They open the preseason on Oct. 7 and start the regular season on Oct. 23.

Hutchison, 23, is expected to be a rotation member. If his injury lingers, it will be a setback for a Bulls team that's thin at wing behind Zach LaVine and Otto Porter Jr. He and Denzel Valentine project to be the reserve wings if healthy, but Valentine's progress from ankle reconstruction surgery that cost him the entire 2018-'19 season has been slow.

Hutchison averaged 5.2 points and 4.2 points while shooting 45.9 percent overall and 28.0 percent on 3-pointers in 44 games as a rookie last season. Hutchison was sidelined for the remainder of the season late last January with a right toe fracture. 

Hutchison recovered to play four games in Summer League in July. He averaged 13.5 points there but struggled in shooting 29 percent overall.