Barry Bonds will be activated from the disabled list tomorrow after being medically cleared to play by Lewis Yocum yesterday.
Bonds, who hasn't played all season while recovering from three operations on his right knee since Jan. 31, would be available to resume his quest for the home run record when the Giants open a three-game series against first-place San Diego tomorrow night at SBC Park.
Bonds took a day off from baseball activity yesterday after five straight days of on-field workouts that tested his knee and overall health.
The seven-time NL MVP was scheduled to speak to Yocum, the Angels' team orthopedist, by telephone yesterday afternoon before the team decided when to activate him from the disabled list.
Manager Felipe Alou had insisted it would be tomorrow at the latest. Bonds declined to speak to reporters before yesterday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
"There's an electricity and a buzz," Giants Executive Vice President Larry Baer said yesterday. "When he does return, there will be a sense of normalcy here."
Bonds wanted to make his return only once he was able to play in left field -- not just as a pinch hitter or in a backup role.
Bonds, who turned 41 in July, has 703 home runs, third on the career list behind Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755). Carlton Fisk's 53 homers are the most any player has hit after turning 41, and that is exactly the number Bonds needs to break Aaron's record.
-- From News Services