Muresan in, Butler out for Bullets


Washington Bullets center Gheorghe Muresan, who was placed on the injured list on Dec. 9 to undergo tests on his pituitary gland, was activated yesterday in time for last night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The decision was made on Sunday night, with Muresan traveling with the team, but the transaction was made yesterday. To make room for Muresan, the Bullets placed rookie Mitchell Butler, who the team says has a sore right wrist, on the injured list.

Apparently Muresan, a 7-foot-7 rookie, will not need surgery or radiation treatment -- at least not at this time -- on his pituitary gland. Muresan, who injects himself with medication three times a day to control excessive levels of growth hormones, was examined by team doctors and deemed fit to rejoin the team.

It was the second stint on the injured list this season for Muresan, who missed the first five games after getting the chickenpox. In nine games Muresan is averaging 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 6.3 minutes. He has career highs of seven points and seven rebounds on Nov. 27 -- Washington's last win before its losing streak.

Butler, who team officials said injured his wrist during training camp, is averaging 4.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 22 games. An effective spark off the bench early, Butler's minutes have been reduced as Pervis Ellison and Larry Stewart came off the injured list. A 6-5 guard who made the team as a free agent, Butler scored a season-high 16 points against the Charlotte Hornets on Nov. 23.

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