Bucks center out minimum of 6 weeks

Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders, left, works ball inside for shot as Denver Nuggets center J.J. Hickson defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders, left, works ball inside for shot as Denver Nuggets center J.J. Hickson defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Bucks say center Larry Sanders will be sidelined for a minimum of six additional weeks after undergoing successful surgery to repair fractures near his right eye.

Sanders was injured when he was elbowed in the right eye by Houston’s James Harden as the two went for a rebound in a Feb. 8 game. Sanders’ surgery repaired right orbital bone fractures.

Sanders missed nearly two months early this season after tearing a thumb ligament in a fight at a Milwaukee nightclub.

In 23 games this season, Sanders has averaged 7.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots in about 25 minutes per contest.

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