Creamer to see second hand specialist


After aggravating a left thumb injury and withdrawing from the LPGA’s season-opening event in Thailand Thursday, Paula Creamer flew to Detroit last weekend to see a hand specialist. She’ll get a second examination from a Cincinnati hand specialist later this week, according to her management team. The exact nature of the injury and her prognosis have yet to be released.

Creamer, 23, originally injured her left thumb hitting a shot from the rough at the Wegmans LPGA last June. It bothered her the rest of the year. She had two cortisone shots this winter and started the Honda PTT in Chonburi with her left thumb taped. Though she started the new year with four consecutive birdies, she was reported to be in considerable pain after posting a 3-under-par 69. Last year, the injury was originally diagnosed as tendinitis and inflammation of the joint capsule of the left thumb. It added to the misery of a season in which she endured a mysterious, recurring stomach ailment.

Creamer, of course, will not play this week’s HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore. The next possible LPGA event she could play is the Kia Classic Presented by J Golf March 25-28 at LaCosta Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.