Fresh off hitting his 710th career home run, Barry Bonds will likely get the day off Wednesday to rest his surgically repaired right knee when the San Francisco Giants close a three-game series against the New York Mets.
Bonds, also battling a swollen left elbow, had said in recent days his knee was bothering him and added that the chilly weather in San Francisco on Tuesday didn’t make things easier.
“It’s just sore,” Bonds said. “It (the weather) was cold, real cold. We’re used to having heaters in the dugout to keep yourself warm and loose and we don’t have them. … Sit in the tunnel with heat packs on is about all you can do.”
The 41-year-old Bonds grimaced and limped around the bases after his second-inning homer in Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to the Mets (13-7).
It was just the second home run of the season for Bonds, who moved within five homers of surpassing Babe Ruth for second place on the all-time list. On the same day, it was disclosed that his personal trainer, Greg Anderson, was subpoenaed to testify before the federal grand jury investigating whether Bonds committed perjury.
Bonds testified in December 2003 and denied knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs. Anderson, who didn’t implicate Bonds last summer after pleading guilty to steroid distribution charges in the BALCO case, is alleged to have provided him with performance-enhancing drugs.
Bonds, who recorded his first homer of the season Saturday in Colorado, homered for the first time this year in front of the home crowd on Tuesday. He finished the game 1-for-3 with a walk while upping his batting average to .231.
San Francisco (11-9) sends right-hander Matt Morris (2-1, 4.87 ERA) to the mound Wednesday.
He recorded only two outs in his last outing before getting ejected for plunking two of five Rockies he faced in a 3-2 loss.
His previous start didn’t go much better, with Morris allowing seven runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-4 loss at Arizona. He had won his first two starts of the season, giving up four runs in 14 innings.
Morris is 6-3 with a 3.02 ERA in 13 career appearances against the Mets.
He will be opposed by Brian Bannister (2-0, 2.35), who has given up only one run in three consecutive starts.
The rookie right-hander has had control problems, however, with 15 walks in 23 innings. He walked a career-high six batters on Friday, but allowed only one run and four hits over five innings in a 2-1, 14-inning loss at San Diego.
Bannister will look to extend the hitless streak of Giants leadoff hitter Randy Winn, who is 0-for-17 in his last five games.
While the Giants have alternated wins and losses in their last seven games, the Mets are seeking their second straight win after losing five of seven.
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