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Injured Creamer gets diagnosis

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After examinations with three hand specialists in the last two weeks, Paula Creamer has a better idea what’s wrong with her injured left thumb.

She still isn’t sure, though, how long she’ll be out of action.

Creamer, who withdrew in pain after the first round of the season-opening Honda PTT LPGA Thailand event on Feb. 18, has been diagnosed with a stretched ligament in her left thumb, an injury that also led to a hyperextension of her metacarpal phalangeal joint, according to her agent, Jay Burton, senior vice president of IMG.

“She is working with an occupational therapist to determine if she can wear a support brace while playing, but at this point, we don't yet have a timetable for her return to play,” Burton said in a statement.

Creamer originally injured the thumb last June, hitting a shot out of the rough at the Wegmans LPGA. Upon her return from Thailand, she visited hand specialists in Michigan, Ohio and Alabama. The LPGA is off the next three weeks with play resuming at the Kia Classic March 25-28 at La Costa & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.

“It’s so hard not being able to play and compete in the game I love so much,” Creamer wrote on her Twitter site. “I have to be patient, my time will come.”

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