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Thursday, March 17, 2005; Page D03

Barry Bonds returned to the San Francisco Bay area yesterday to have his surgically repaired right knee evaluated by the doctor who performed the operation.

The Giants called it a postoperative visit with Art Ting, who performed the procedure Jan. 31.



"He had a TonyGwynn-type year last year."

-- Padres Manager Bruce Bochy on Mark Loretta, who had 208 hits. He's the only player in Padres history besides Gwynn to surpass 200. . . .

"I almost feel like I'm back in the zone where I just got drafted. This is my first spring in Arizona and I didn't know where to go. I felt like a rookie."

-- Athletics pitcher Kirk Saarloos

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Giants trainer Stan Conte said Bonds is expected back in camp today, and that the visit will determine the next step in Bonds's rehabilitation. Bonds has yet to appear in an exhibition game and no timetable has been set.

"Dr. Ting wanted to have a look at Barry's knees to see how he's progressing," Conte said. "I would have preferred that he go slower than he has, but the rehab basically has been up to Barry." . . .

White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen underwent a heart procedure yesterday, and the team said the test didn't reveal any blockages. Guillen, 41, missed an exhibition game but will be back in uniform tomorrow. The White Sox are off today.

He underwent a heart catheterization, in which a thin, flexible plastic tube was inserted into the heart through a blood vessel. Dye was injected so doctors could look for blockages and other problems. The procedure was prompted by findings in Guillen's annual spring physical and a subsequent stress test.

-- From News Services

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