Monday, July 4, 2005
Updated: July 5, 9:28 AM ET
Assistant GM: 'It's all a plus right now'
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds is in Southern California rehabilitating his surgically repaired right knee and probably
won't rejoin the San Francisco Giants until after the All-Star break.
Bonds, who hasn't played this season as he recovers from three operations on his knee since Jan. 31, is progressing enough that
the Giants remain hopeful he will play sometime this summer --
though there still is no timetable for the slugger's return.
"It's all a plus right now," assistant general manager Ned
Colletti said Monday. "The key factors -- range of motion, the
strength of the leg -- are coming along. No setbacks."
The seven-time NL MVP, who turns 41 on July 24, has yet to
resume baseball activities. Bonds, born in Riverside, Calif., and
now living in the Beverly Hills area, is working with physical
therapist Clive Brewster after the Giants connected them on trainer
Stan Conte's recommendation.
"I'm not sure what his resume is exactly, but he's not someone
we called information on," said Colletti, noting that Brewster has
worked with many top athletes.
Bonds went home during the Giants' series June 24-26 at Oakland.
He batted .362 last season with 45 homers and 101 RBI and
walked a major league-record 232 times on the way to his record
seventh MVP award. He has been upbeat lately and eager to rejoin
his teammates and take the pressure off them.
Bonds will likely rejoin the Giants next Thursday when the club begins a four-game series against Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium.
In his most recent journal entry on his Web site, www.barrybonds.com, Bonds said:
"Last week my knee slightly swelled, so I'll be taking it easy,
sticking with range-of-motion and strengthening exercises. This is
all part of rehabilitation, so as long as I pace myself correctly,
I will be able to work through this swelling as I did with the
infection. At this point in the season, my outlook is still