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Bonds Goes to S.F. to Rehab Knee

Friday, March 25, 2005; Page D10

Barry Bonds returned to the Bay Area yesterday to continue rehabilitating his surgically repaired right knee because the Giants believe SBC Park is better suited for the slugger than the team's spring complex.

The Giants say they have no timetable for Bonds's return. The seven-time NL most valuable player has said he could miss half or all this season while recovering.

Barry Bonds returned to the San Francisco Bay area Thursday to continue rehabilitating his surgically repaired right knee. (Ben Margot - AP)

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"Anybody who thinks Barry Bonds is going to quit doesn't know Barry Bonds," trainer Stan Conte said. "When somebody has a second surgery, it's a little discouraging. And that's called being a human being."

Bonds, who has had two operations on his right knee in the last two months and also had surgery on his left knee in October, flew back to the Bay Area with assistant trainer Dave Groeschner. Bonds, at the center of the steroid scandal, said earlier this spring it was frustrating not to be with his teammates and on their schedule. On Tuesday, he blamed media scrutiny for his problems.

He will work out in a therapeutic pool at SBC Park that will allow him to do cardiovascular training without putting pressure on the knee. He wasn't scheduled to do any rehab yesterday.

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