Specialist wants Bonds to limit rehab

Barry Bonds' brief workouts might have been ill-advised and premature.

San Francisco Giants trainer Stan Conte told the San Jose Mercury News on Monday that the infectious-disease specialist treating Bonds recommended that the left fielder should avoid "significant-impact activities." Those activities include the light resistance and agility drills Bonds performed over the weekend. Robert Armstrong made the recommendation after reviewing Bonds' latest blood tests, MRI exam and X-rays.

Conte, however, told the paper that no final decision will be made on the sluggers' rehab until Armstrong consults with Arthur Ting, Bonds' primary physician. Conte told the newspaper that Ting "will make the determination on what Barry can do and what he can't do."

Armstrong's recommendation wouldn't bar Bonds from strengthening and range-of-motion exercises, according to the Mercury News.

Bonds returned to the field at SBC Park in San Francisco on Saturday and spent 30 minutes on light resistance and agility drills in the outfield, ESPN's Pedro Gomez reported.

A 10-minute workout covered the same areas Friday.

On his Web site Friday, Bonds said his rehab is going well.

"The rehab is coming along great. We are moving along at a nice pace and I'm only a few degrees from having full motion," Bonds wrote.

Bonds added in his journal that he is scheduled to get off antibiotics next week. Overall, he said he was encouraged with his progress.

"This week, I played catch on the field, did some resistance exercises and used my heavy bat to work on a few hand drills. Another good sign for me is that my stamina is coming back. I've been spending time cycling and when the time is right, I will be outside jogging. I feel that all the pieces are coming together at a good pace for me," Bonds wrote.

Bonds has had three operations on his right knee since Jan. 31,
the most recent on May 2 to drain fluid and examine an infection.
He has not played this season.

Bonds, who turns 41 on July 24, said in spring training he could
miss half the season or even the entire year, but has been more
optimistic recently about a return.

Bonds is third on the career home run list with 703, 11 behind
Babe Ruth and 52 from tying Hank Aaron's record. Bonds 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.