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Bonds Back In Southern California Rehabilitating Knee

Jul 04, 2005 8:52 PM EST

Barry Bonds is in Southern California rehabilitating his surgically repaired right knee and probably won't rejoin the San Francisco Giants until after the All-Star break.

Bonds, who hasn't played this season as he recovers from three operations on his knee since Jan. 31, is progressing enough that the Giants remain hopeful he will play sometime this summer -- though there still is no timetable for the slugger's return.

"It's all a plus right now," assistant general manager Ned Colletti said Monday. "The key factors -- range of motion, the strength of the leg -- are coming along. No setbacks."

The seven-time NL MVP, who turns 41 on July 24, has yet to resume baseball activities. Bonds, born in Riverside, Calif., and now living in the Beverly Hills area, is working with physical therapist Clive Brewster after the Giants connected them on trainer Stan Conte's recommendation.

"I'm not sure what his resume is exactly, but he's not someone we called information on," said Colletti, noting that Brewster has worked with many top athletes.

Bonds went home during the Giants' series June 24-26 at Oakland.

He batted .362 last season with 45 homers and 101 RBI and walked a major league-record 232 times on the way to his record seventh MVP award. He has been upbeat lately and eager to rejoin his teammates and take the pressure off them.

Bonds will likely rejoin the Giants next Thursday when the club begins a four-game series against Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium.

Via ESPN