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For Bonds, It's a Fluid Situation

Sunday, April 24, 2005; Page E09

Barry Bonds had fluid drained from his injured right knee earlier this week and expects to resume his rehabilitation next week.

The San Francisco Giants slugger, who has not been speaking to the media, announced the development on his Web site yesterday.

"I had some fluid drained out of my right knee because there was a little bit of swelling," he wrote. "By draining the fluid, it alleviates the discomfort. My doctor wants me to use crutches for the next couple of days to make sure the fluid doesn't come right back. This was merely a precautionary measure. My spirits are still high about my recovery as a whole and I can't wait to get back to rehabbing next week."

Bonds said he would continue giving updates on his injury at his Web site, www.barrybonds.com. In an outburst during spring training, Bonds said he might not be back for at least half the season, maybe the whole season.

The Giants' training staff has also stopped giving updates on Bonds, who underwent a second arthroscopic surgery on his knee on March 17. No timetable has been set for his return.

"When I see Barry taking BP and on the field in uniform doing baseball stuff, then I will have hope that he will be ready," Manager Felipe Alou said. "But I don't see that."

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. Bonds batted .362 last season with 45 homers and 101 RBI and also walked a major league-record 232 times on the way to his record seventh MVP award.

This is just the third time in his career he's gone on the disabled list and the first since April 18 to June 9, 1999, as he recovered from elbow surgery.

DONTRELLE LOVES APRIL: The Marlins' Dontrelle Willis (4-0) fanned seven in six innings and gave up two runs, six hits and two walks in Florida's 4-2 victory over the Reds. His ERA rose from 1.13 to 1.50, but he improved to 7-0 lifetime in April.

TOUGH GOING: Dating from last season, the Cubs' LaTroy Hawkins has 10 blown saves in his last 16 chances with a one-run lead.

-- From News Services


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