While the seven-time MVP will likely see his first action of the season Monday, the Giants will focus on closing out a four-game series with the visiting Chicago Cubs.
Bonds will not make his long-awaited season debut this weekend, but the Giants announced during Saturday’s 5-2 loss that he would be activated from the disabled list Monday, when San Francisco opens a three-game series with the NL West-leading San Diego Padres.
Bonds took Saturday off from baseball activity after five straight days of on-field workouts.
Nearly recovered from three operations on his right knee since Jan. 31, Bonds was scheduled to speak to Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Los Angeles Angels’ team orthopedist, on Saturday afternoon before San Francisco decided when to activate him from the DL.
The superstar slugger got the OK.
“I saw it on the scoreboard,” manager Felipe Alou said of Bonds’ status. “I didn’t have a lot of time to think about it because I was managing the last two innings. Tomorrow is the big day to make plans. He’s been practicing and running around. That’s good enough for me, of course.”
The Giants are in a three-way tie for second place in the mediocre West, seven games behind the Padres.
The Cubs have won seven of nine during their 10-game road trip, but are still two games below .500 and 6 1/2 out in the NL wild-card race.
“We still ain’t out of this thing,” Cubs manager Dusty Baker said Friday. “If we can put some more distance (on .500) then we have a chance. But you have to get to (.500) first to have a chance.”
Nomar Garciaparra has led Chicago’s recent surge, batting .337 with 16 RBIs since coming off the disabled list in August.