Assistant GM: 'It's all a plus right now'
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."
"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 positive."
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press