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NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans will play his first game in nearly 11 months on Thursday night against the Indiana Pacers.Evans underwent three right knee surgeries in the span of nine months. He said he will begin his return on an unspecified minutes limit and will not play on back-to-back nights.It feels good, he said. Just putting the work Ive been putting in. Just having the chance to get my feet wet, for the first game. Ive been working hard all summer just to get in this position. ... Ill see how I feel and see if I can go at a good rate.Evans, 27, was nearing a return two weeks ago, but he said he felt a pull on his left calf while going up for a layup in practice on Nov. 30, which he thought was a result from not running [in] a long time. Evans said his calf is still a little sore but that Ive felt worse pain.Asked if he feels 100 percent, like he was before the surgeries, Evans said, Not 100 percent, but I definitely feel way better than last year, just from after the surgeries. Dr. [Riley] Williams did a great job with the surgery. My knee is feeling way better, no pain. So thats a good sign.For the Pacers, coach Nate McMillan says his club is without guard Rodney Stuckey, who injured his left hamstring during Wednesday nights loss in Miami. That further reduces depth at guard, which was already thinned by Monta Ellis not making the trip because of his right groin strain.Evans, who last played Jan. 25, 2016, said he was willing to play through any injury when he entered the NBA out of Memphis in 2009, but his experiences over the past year-plus have taught him to take a more cautious approach to rest and recovery.When Im hurt from now on, I know if I cant go Im not going to play, he said. Its just the risk you have on yourself. Me getting older, learning about that, about my body, knowing when to play and when not to play -- [that] has a lot to do with me now. Its my eighth year.Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said on Dec. 1 that Evans is in tremendous shape, but that the team plans to slowly work him back into game action. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said he doesnt anticipate Evans will be able to play long stretches right away.After playing in a career-high 79 games in 2014-15, Evans underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in May 2015 to remove loose particles. He then bumped knees with Kendrick Perkins in a preseason practice, causing a chip in Evans right knee that required surgery.He returned Dec. 1, 2015, but persistent knee swelling -- despite the draining of fluid -- led to an osteochondral autograft transfer system procedure in February to replace cartilage in three areas of his knee.Evans revealed on media day in late September that he also sustained a blood clot in his calf following the February surgery, but that it went away after two days and he didnt consider it an issue moving forward. He returned to non-contact action in practice on Nov. 15.The first couple weeks of the surgery, after I got the surgery, was painful, the worst feeling of my life, Evans said. But once I started to ramp up in New York with my treatment and ride a bike, everything started to go real smooth.Tim Frazier?said on Thursday that he will miss the next 7-10 days after sustaining a bone bruise on his right wrist in Tuesdays 113-109 loss to the Golden State Warriors.The Pelicans have lost 70 combined games to injury and illness in their 8-18 start, with Jrue Holiday missing an additional 12 to tend to his wife and newborn. The team lost 351 total games to injury and illness last season, the second most in the NBA in the past decade.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. T. J. Watt Jersey .com) - Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer were easy first-round winners Tuesday at the Australian Open. JuJu Smith-Schuster Youth Jersey . Team physician Dr. Steve Traina performed the surgery Friday. 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Hinch during Houstons 10-7?loss Thursday.Lonnie Chisenhall was at the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second inning and -- on a 1-2 pitch from Astros starter David Paulino -- fouled off a pitch that had bounced in front of home plate and came to a rest near the Indians dugout.Umpire Jim Joyce, however, never saw the ball hit the bat and ruled it a wild pitch. He let play continue as Indians baserunners Francisco Lindor, Mike Napoli and Jose Ramirez?circled the bases while Astros catcher Jason Castro argued with Joyce, who then called time after Lindor and Napoli had crossed home plate and while Ramirez was still running around the bases.I had a player discussing with me what had happened and he was emphatic about it, Joyce told a pool reporter after the game. Im not going to let bases loaded, keep rolling. To use a little bit of common sense and some fair play on that one, I wanted to call time and figure out what had happened.Joyce then met with the rest of the umpiring crew, but he didnt change the call. Hinch came out of the dugout to protest the call and was ejected.I went to each crew member and asked them the same thing, Joyce said. If any of them had it hitting the bat, I would have turned around and called a foul ball. My partners couldnt help me on it.Said Hinch: I think everybody in the baallpark saw the play the way it happened except for the four guys on the field.ddddddddddddven the Indians and Astros Twitter accounts seemed incredulous over the call.After Hinchs ejection, the play was reviewed only to determine that time was called before Ramirez crossed home plate. Two runs were allowed to score as the Indians took a 4-1 lead, and Ramirez was sent back to second base.I thought it was pretty obvious it was a foul ball, Castro said. [Joyce] just said he didnt have the ball hitting the bat. The initial reaction is the biggest indicator, and you saw what happened. It was a pretty disappointing call for us.Indians manager Terry Francona wasnt sure initially what happened.We have the ability to go to replay, which they dont, he said. Nobody ever wants to have a call go against them.Joyce said after the game that he hadnt yet seen the replay.I will be looking at it tonight, you can bank on that, he said.Trey Hillman took over managerial duties for the Astros, who began the day two games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second wild-card spot in the American League.Joyce made headlines in 2010 as he cost?Detroit Tigers pitcher?Armando Galarraga a perfect game after inexplicably ruling Indians baserunner Jason Donald safe on a play at first base with two outs in the ninth inning.The Associated Press contributed to this report. 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