- The Washington Times - Monday, March 27, 2006

From combined dispatches

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barry Bonds might not take another swing at spring training camp, choosing instead to rest his tender left elbow and surgically repaired right knee before the season starts.

Bonds was examined by two doctors yesterday for evaluation of his inflamed elbow, and the San Francisco Giants were hopeful the slugger would resume on-field baseball activities today.

“The doctors were very happy with what they saw in the examination,” team spokesman Blake Rhodes said.

The Giants break spring training on Wednesday, though Bonds has said he plans to return to the Bay Area a day ahead of the team and work out Wednesday at the stadium in San Francisco. The Giants play host to the Angels on Thursday and Bonds is still projected to play in that game as well as Saturday’s exhibition in Oakland. San Francisco opens the season April 3 at San Diego.

“Thursday and Saturday, that’s what we’re looking at,” manager Felipe Alou said after the Giants’ 6-5 loss to the San Diego Padres in Peoria, Ariz. “I wasn’t really concerned yesterday. … It’s nice to know for sure it’s nothing serious.”

Bonds, scratched from the lineup Saturday with what was then called a strained elbow, seemed upbeat during a brief stop at Scottsdale Stadium for treatment before heading out. He was set to be examined by Giants team doctor Ken Akizuki and Angels orthopedist Lewis Yocum.

The seven-time NL MVP, who is 10-for-16 with four homers this spring, underwent an MRI exam Saturday that revealed inflammation in the back of his elbow — apparently unrelated to the surgery he had April 20, 1999, to repair a damaged triceps tendon near his left elbow that landed him on the disabled list for seven weeks.

By yesterday, Bonds had full range of motion in the joint, the swelling was gone and he was not in pain, Conte said.

Posada works out

TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada worked out for the first time since breaking his nose and is hopeful of being ready for Opening Day.

Posada was hit in the face by a ball while playing catch with backup Kelly Stinnett before Wednesday night’s game against Boston. He was held overnight Wednesday at a Tampa hospital before being released the following day.

“I feel much better,” said Posada, who had small shiners under both eyes.

Posada has no problems with his vision but is scheduled to see an eye doctor today. He played catch with Stinnett and took batting practice but didn’t do any running before yesterday’s game against Detroit.

During the game, New York Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang left in the third inning with a bruised right knee after he was hit by a batted ball.

Wang was hit by Curtis Granderson’s hard one-hop liner with one out in the inning. He walked gingerly around the mound before being taken out of the game.

The right-hander was to undergo precautionary X-rays at a local hospital.

LaRue needs knee surgery

SARASOTA, Fla. — Cincinnati Reds catcher Jason LaRue will have surgery today on torn cartilage in his right knee.

LaRue, who started 104 games last season, is expected to miss a couple of weeks. Javier Valentin is expected to do most of the catching while LaRue rehabilitates the knee.

Tigers part with Pena

LAKELAND, Fla. — Carlos Pena was unconditionally released by the Detroit Tigers after the first baseman hit .160 with one home run in 50 at-bats in exhibition games.

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