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Tuesday, March 22, 2005; Page D06

San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds is expected to return to spring camp by today to begin a rehabilitation program after undergoing a second operation on his right knee last week.

"I've heard the same rumors everybody has," Giants head trainer Stan Conte said before yesterday's game against the Oakland Athletics. "I've heard he's coming back to Arizona, but it would be fine with me if he stayed at home another day."

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Bonds underwent arthroscopic surgery in the Bay Area on Thursday to repair new tears in the cartilage of his knee. His first surgery was performed on Jan. 31. Both surgeries were performed by Art Ting.

"He has visited Dr. Ting three times in three days and the report is his knee is doing well," Conte said. "Everything is normal and we'll see how he does the first week. I'm going to try and keep him in the training room and lock the door so he can't get out." . . .

Seattle Mariners right-hander Joel Piñeiro, out with shoulder stiffness, returned to the mound for the first time in more than two weeks. He faced seven batters, throwing 16 strikes in 26 pitches. He yielded one hit, notched a strikeout and hit one batter.

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