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Updated: January 8th, 2014 6:37pm
Chase Budinger will return to action Wednesday for the Wolves

Chase Budinger will return to action Wednesday for the Wolves

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLS -- The Wolves have long refused to put a timetable on forward Chase Budinger's return from meniscus surgery, but his return is finally here.

After reports had started to trickle out Wednesday, coach Rick Adelman confirmed prior to tip-off with the Phoenix Suns that Budinger had been cleared to play for the first since undergoing knee surgery on Sept. 30.

Adelman said Budinger's playing time would be closely monitored in his first few games back, suggesting a "15 to 20 minute" limit.

While pleased to have Budinger back to bolster an inconsistent Wolves bench, Adelman continues to preach patience.

"Hopefully he's going to stay healthy and get stronger," Adelman said. "Like I said, I've talked to him a number of times and he kind of feels like, his knee feels fine, but he's just kind of sore. He's going through training camp. It's going to take our guys a little bit to figure out what he can do."

Budinger has missed 34 games following preseason surgery to remove part of the mensiscus in his left knee, the second surgery he has undergone on that knee in a one-year span. 

His return should be a boon for the Wolves, as his three-point shooting theoretically should help stretch the floor and create more space offensively.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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