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Wednesday, March 30, 2005; Page D04

The San Francisco Giants expressed optimism yesterday that Barry Bonds would recover fast enough from surgery to play this season even though the slugger has said he may be out all year.

"He's working hard on his rehabilitation and all of our hope is that he will be back sooner rather than later," Giants president Peter Magowan said .


"If you look at my track record and my career, there's plenty of bumps in the road. It's all about perseverance and I'll persevere again. Believe me, you'll see me in the major leagues again."

-- Brooks Kieschnick, an outfielder turned reliever who was released by the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday.

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Bonds, who is chasing the all-time home run record, said last week he might miss the entire season after undergoing knee surgery for the third time in recent months.

Magowan, who also acts as the team's managing general partner, said he would have chosen other words.

"He has had three knee operations in a few months and lashed out with his frustration," Magowan said.

Asked about Bonds's statement that he might be out all year, Magowan added: "Never believe that for a second. I think that was just part of his frustration." . . .

Former Arizona third baseman Matt Williams announced he is becoming a partner in the Diamondbacks and will invest $3 million in the club over the next 10 years.

-- From News Services

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