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Bonds might not be back at all in 2005

LOS ANGELES -- Barry Bonds isn't sure if he'll return to the Giants' lineup this season.

"I don't know right now when I'm going to come back. And right
now, I don't know if I'm going to be back at all this year," the
San Francisco slugger told MLB.com on Thursday in a telephone interview.

Bonds, who has 703 home runs to rank third on baseball's career
list behind Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714), returned to his
Beverly Hills home in late June to continue rehabilitating his right knee.

Bonds, who turns 41 on July 24, first underwent surgery Jan. 31,
and has had two more operations since. He hasn't played this season.

"He's progressing, but there's not a lot to report," assistant
general manager Ned Colletti said before the Giants beat the
Dodgers 4-3 Thursday night. "He's showing signs of progress, but
there's no timetable for baseball work to start and there's no
timetable for a return. He's just slowly getting better."

Bonds said at the beginning of the season he hoped to play
this year, but the Giants say he has not begun any baseball work
as part of his rehabilitation and did not join the team when it
began a four-game series with the Dodgers in Los Angeles on
Thursday.

Giants general manager Brian Sabean said earlier in the week
he was encouraged by reports on Bonds' rehabilitation.

"The range of motion is significantly better," Sabean told
reporters. "There is swelling [but] they're very encouraged at
where he's at."

Sabean said Bonds' work has been limited to low-impact
exercises. "Until they're absolutely sure of the strength, and
more so the range of motion and what he can handle, we'll stay
on that path," he said.

Bonds is under contract with the Giants through the 2006
season and has said he would consider returning in 2007 if he
was within reach of Aaron's record.

Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.