Giants 'upbeat' about Bonds' rehab

Giants 'upbeat' about Bonds' rehab

SAN FRANCISCO -- There was good news about Giants slugger Barry Bonds on Sunday, with trainer Stan Conte reporting the first couple of days of rehab on Bonds' right knee had gone well.

Bonds, 40, was forced to undergo three surgeries on his knee this year, including one to clear a bacterial infection that caused considerable swelling.

"We identified the problem, we've corrected the problem and now we're back in the rehab stage and hopefully now we'll be able to progress," Conte said. "We see light at the end of the tunnel."

Bonds is now taking oral antibiotics after being on IV medication since the last surgery on May 2.

He's doing light range-of-motion exercises on the knee and Conte sounded delighted over the athlete's progress, although the team hasn't given a timetable for Bonds' return.

"We're really upbeat about this whole thing," he said. "It is encouraging because after the second surgery we weren't sure why he wasn't progressing."

Conte said the rehab will go "slowly" in hopes of preventing a setback for the seven-time MVP.

Rich Draper is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.