Barry Bonds visited his Giants teammates in Los Angeles yesterday, but he still is not sure when he can join them on the field.

After renewing acquaintances with Manager Felipe Alou and the coaches and players, the seven-time MVP addressed a group of reporters and said he was upbeat about his recovery from three knee surgeries since Jan. 31.

"It's coming along good," said Bonds, who turns 41 next Sunday. "I don't have any time frame for coming back. That will come from the doctors."

Bonds has been rehabbing at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. He will continue his regimen until doctors give him the okay to resume baseball activities.

"I've had three surgeries. If I had one, it would take from six to eight weeks to recover. . . . I'm just going to stay positive and hope I get back. I'm not even counting out this year."

* GRIFFEY MOVES UP: The Reds' Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 521st career homer, tying Ted Williams and Willie McCovey for 14th on the career list.

Griffey, who has homered in three straight games, hit a solo homer in the sixth inning to put Cincinnati ahead to stay in a win over the Rockies.

* CARPENTER SKILLS: The Cardinals are 35-12 in Chris Carpenter's starts the last two years.

-- From News Services

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