Slugger says his rehab is progressing well

Updated: May 2, 2005, 11:12 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds had fluid drained from his injured right knee again and said on his Web site on Sunday that he is progressing well in his rehabilitation.

The San Francisco Giants slugger, who has not been speaking to reporters, said he had the knee drained by Angels team orthopedist Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles on Friday.

"We talked about my knee and took a few X-rays," Bonds wrote. "After looking at the X-rays, we decided it would be a good idea to drain the knee. This draining is to make sure there isn't any infection and that I'm healing properly. Overall everything looks positive."

Bonds said earlier that he also had his knee drained on April 20. However, despite Bonds' claims that the knee had been drained just twice, sources told ESPN's Pedro Gomez that Bonds has had the knee drained at least three times, and possibly four.

He underwent a second arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on March 17. No timetable has been set for his return.

Bonds underwent his first surgery on his right knee Jan. 31 but was expected to be available for Opening Day. After a handful of rigorous workouts, Bonds was sent back to San Francisco for more exams -- resulting in the second operation.

The 40-year-old Bonds has 703 career home runs, 11 behind Babe Ruth and 52 from tying Hank Aaron's career record.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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