Sunday, March 26, 2006

Barry Bonds Shut Down as Precaution

Barry Bonds, batting .692 with five homers in 14 spring AB, will sit for the remainder of camp while he waits for anti-inflamatory medication to ease discomfort as a result of a strain in his left elbow. Giants manager Felipe Alou said Bonds would be playing if this was the regular season, but seeing as it's merely exhibition, it is prudent to rest him. Although Bonds appears to be running without restraint despite a knee injury that kept him out all but three weeks last year, observers expect Bonds, 41, will be babied throughout the season and likely will not play more than 100 to 120 games. He needs seven homers to pass Babe Ruth's 714.