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Bonds Has Second Knee Surgery

Friday, March 18, 2005; Page D12

Barry Bonds pushed his surgically repaired right knee so hard that the San Francisco Giants became concerned he might be doing too much. Yet, after 19 major league seasons, the team trusted that Bonds knows his body best.

But yesterday, Bonds underwent a second operation on the knee -- a setback that makes it unlikely the slugger will be ready for Opening Day. While the Giants offered no timetable for Bonds's return, it took the seven-time National League MVP more time than expected to recover from the original surgery on the knee on Jan. 31.

Giants trainer Stan Conte said it is not unreasonable to assume Barry Bonds will be sidelined past Opening Day. (Ben Margot -- AP)

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"This is certainly a setback, and a significant one," General Manager Brian Sabean said.

Trainer Stan Conte said he could not rule out the possibility of Bonds being ready for the opener April 5 against the Dodgers, but said it is "not an unreasonable thing" to assume he'll be sidelined past that date.

The Giants said in a statement that Bonds, 40, had arthroscopic surgery to repair tears in the knee, similar to his earlier operation. Both procedures were performed in the Bay Area by Art Ting.

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