Giants put Bonds on disabled list

Posted: Sunday, April 03, 2005

The San Francisco Giants placed Barry Bonds on the 15-day disabled list Saturday as they finalized their roster for opening day, the third time the slugger has been on the DL in his career.

The move was retroactive to March 25. Bonds, who will begin his 20th major league season, is recovering from two operations on his troublesome right knee in a seven-week span, the latest on March 17.

Bonds has been rehabilitating his knee in San Francisco and isn't sure when he'll return to resume his quest for the career home run record. His 703 homers trail only Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755).

Bonds last went on the disabled list from April 18 to June 9, 1999, as he recovered from elbow surgery.

Manager Felipe Alou said he would start Pedro Feliz in Bonds' spot in left field for the season opener Tuesday against the defending NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

Bonds, the seven-time NL MVP, said earlier this spring he might miss half the season or even the whole year, but others don't believe it.

''I saw him come in this morning and he was walking better than I saw him yesterday, but I won't ask,'' Alou said. ''I'll know when he's going to start feeling better as soon as I see him with a bat. I haven't seen him with a bat yet.''

While the Red Sox prepared for Sunday night's opener against the New York Yankees, ace Curt Schilling said he likely will make his season debut on April 13 against the Yankees at Fenway Park. At Fort Myers, Fla., Schilling pitched the equivalent of 8 1-3 innings in a minor league intrasquad game.

Schilling allowed one run, four hits, struck out eight and walked two. He threw 88 pitches, 64 for strikes. In the seventh inning, Schilling got seven outs before stopping for the day.

''The 13th is the day I think that we're shooting for now,'' he said. ''I'm assuming that I can come off (the disabled list) right around then, and that's when I'll be ready to go.''

Schilling was placed on the disabled list Friday, a move retroactive to March 26, making him eligible to pitch April 13. Saturday was Schilling's third minor league start and the second time he'd played in a minor league intrasquad game.

He made one spring start, on March 26 against the Twins. Schilling is recovering from offseason surgery to repair a torn tendon and a cartilage defect in his right ankle.

Early in camp, Schilling had hoped to start Sunday night's opener at New York.

''We're 24 hours away from Randy Johnson and the Yankees, and I'm not going to be able to take the ball in that game,'' he said. ''On a personal level, I'm very disappointed.''

In Houston, Roger Clemens was hit on the left wrist by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City's Matt Stairs during the Astros' 3-0 exhibition loss to the Royals.

''It is a little sore, but I'm going to ice it. It will be all right,'' Clemens said.

In his final tuneup for his first regular season start Friday against Cincinnati, Clemens gave up two runs — one earned — and five hits in six innings. He was hit by Stairs' liner in the sixth.

''It doesn't matter, I had better be getting my mind in tune to pitch six or seven innings,'' Clemens added. ''My body feels good and my legs feel good. I just need to get my mind right now.''

Teams made a flurry of roster moves to get to the 25-man active limit by the midnight EST deadline, Among those brought up from minor league rosters were Minnesota left-hander Terry Mulholland, Cincinnati infielder Rich Aurilia and utilityman Jacob Cruz, Florida right-hander Brian Moehler and infielder Lenny Harris, Houston right-hander Russ Springer, Milwaukee infielder Jeff Cirillo, New York Mets reliever Roberto Hernandez and San Francisco left-hander Jeff Fassero.

In games:

Mets 12, Marlins 4

At Jupiter, Fla., A.J. Burnett allowed five runs in four innings and finished 1-4 with a 5.52 ERA during the exhibition season.

Pirates 4, Twins 0

At Fort Myers, Fla., Antonio Sucre hit a two-run single off Kyle Lohse in the second inning and Craig Wilson hit a solo homer in the third.

Nationals 5, Devil Rays 4

At St. Petersburg, Fla., Esteban Loaiza allowed five hits and struck out four in seven innings, and Nick Johnson and Ryan Church hit solo homers.

Indians 9, Braves 5

At Atlanta, Tim Hudson gave up eight hits and seven runs in four innings. In an odd exhibition game finale, the Braves used a six-run 10th inning to rally for an 11-9 win in a game that teams agreed would go 11 innings because of Friday's rainout. Still, only the first nine innings counted in the spring training statistics, which showed Cleveland winning 9-5. That means Adam LaRoche didn't get credit for his three-run homer off David Riske.

Reds 7, Blue Jays 6

At Louisville, Ky., Cincinnati's Aaron Harang allowed three runs and six hits over three innings.

Brewers 4, White Sox 2

At Milwaukee, Carlos Lee hit a three-run homer and finished his spring with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 19 games.

Rangers 7, Diamondbacks 4

At Albuquerque, N.M., Chad Allen hit a two-run double and Texas starter Chris Young gave up homers to Troy Glaus and Luis Gonzalez.

SkySox 5, Rockies 1

At Colorado Springs, Colo., the Rockies ended spring training with a 5-1 loss to their Triple-A farm team, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, who got a two-run double from Sean Barker and two hits and an RBI from Ryan Shealy.

Cardinals 4, Springfield (AA) 3

At Springfield, Mo., Matt Morris gave up three runs in four innings. Recovering from offseason surgery on his right shoulder, Morris will start the season in the Florida State League.

Athletics 3, Giants 1

At Oakland, Calif, Dan Haren, acquired from St. Louis in the Mark Mulder trade, allowed one run and two hits in six innings and outdueled his friend and former Pepperdine teammate Noah Lowry.

Cubs 3, Mariners 2

At Las Vegas, Henry Blanco and Angel Echevarria hit solo homers off Dan Reichert in the ninth inning.

Padres 15, Lake Elsinore (A) 4

At Lake Elsinore, Calif., Brian Giles and Mark Sweeney each went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and Phil Nevin had a two-run homer in the first.

Angels 6, Dodgers 4

At Los Angeles, Vladimir Guerrero hit a tying three-run homer, and Curtis Pride and Lou Merloni had RBI singles.

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