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    Bonds to be re-evaluated Tuesday

    It appears that Barry Bonds will be in the Giants' lineup for the first time this season as soon as Tuesday night.

    Bonds, whose workout with the San Francisco Giants on Monday in Los Angeles included taking batting practice and testing his throwing arm, will be re-evaluated Tuesday morning, ESPN's Pedro Gomez reports. If there are no setbacks, Bonds likely would be activated before that night's game.

    The Giants, who quietly have crept back to within 5 games of the Padres' NL West lead, opened a three-game series with the Dodgers on Monday night with a 3-1 victory.

    The 41-year-old slugger took 17 swings and hit five balls over the fence during his turn in the batting cage.

    "I did pretty well today," Bonds said. "When I get back on the field, I want to be playing where I left off."

    Early-arriving fans at Dodger Stadium watched Bonds.

    "Come on, Barry!" one shouted. Another taunted him by yelling "Barry BALCO," a reference to the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative that a federal grand jury investigated for steroid distribution. Bonds has publicly denied using steroids.

    He joked that having fans yelling for him at Dodger Stadium was "confusing, but it's a great feeling."

    "It's great to be out on the field, it's great to smell the grass and be in my uniform again and just being around the guys, it's a great feeling all the way around," he said.

    A locker was set up for Bonds in the Giants' clubhouse, where a black warmup jersey bearing his name and number hung.

    Giants manager Felipe Alou welcomed Bonds, but he said they didn't talk about the slugger's status.

    "The main thing is he's here now," Alou said. "That's big."

    Bonds went through an individual workout on the field before any of his teammates emerged for pregame warmups. He threw some long toss, jogged and did cutting drills under the watchful eye of physical therapist Clive Brewster.

    "My mind changes as each day goes by," Bonds said about a comeback. "There's a lot of times that I'll come in and say, 'I need a day off,' and 10 minutes later I change my mind.

    "I may wake up and I'm so sore I feel like I can't do it and by two hours later, I feel great and I do it. I've been doing that for years," he said.

    Bonds appeared to be in good spirits, laughing and chatting about a Labor Day weekend barbecue he had hosted at his Beverly Hills home.

    He has been in the area for two months rehabbing his knee and practicing his hitting.

    "Hitting is something I feel comfortable with, but I still have a little bit more work to do to keep myself consistent," he said.

    Alou said he's confident Bonds' swing will be as potent as ever when he returns.

    "I don't have doubts that he'll hit or that they'll walk him," Alou said. "The swing has always been there."

    However, Bonds' defense and baserunning ability have yet to be tested. He has missed the entire season and there has been talk that he wouldn't play again until 2006. He has 703 homers, third on the career list behind Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).

    He admitted that drawing his usual number of walks would take a toll. He was walked a major league-record 232 times last season en route to his record seventh NL MVP award.

    "When you're on that base a lot, it takes a lot out of your body," he said. "That would be a huge, huge test for me. That's the thing I have to think about because that would be real, real hard if that situation came up."

    Bonds believes he can still be an everyday player, but he said there might be days he would sit out.

    "It has nothing to do with my leg, it would be because I'm just too damn old to do it," he said, laughing.

    The Giants have made a late surge in the NL West. They were in second place going into Monday night, 5 games behind the San Diego Padres.

    "That doesn't push me at all, the game pushes me to come back," Bonds said, joking that "they're doing so well, I don't want to mess it up."

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    In my opinion, he wants to come back to get within a more obtainable one year home run total. 41 home runs in one year is going to be tougher than it used to be.

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    This is all BS so he can make his injury look real. I am looking forward to him breaking the record. There is a good chance he will get booed especially if the game is away.

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    He's supposed to play in a simulated game this week according to ESPN.

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    It would be a shame if Hank Aaron's record is broken by this guy. He's just hanging around now to break the record and he'll play till he's 50 if that's what it takes. You can count on one hand the number of players in the history of baseball that are more self centered, arrogant, and selfish than Barry Bonds. He is simply a disgrace to the game.

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    Bonds takes swings, homers in simulated game

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds felt strong and limber while taking swings and running the bases in a pregame workout back home Thursday, and the San Francisco Giants slugger said there's a possibility he could return this weekend.

    Bonds, who hasn't played this season after three surgeries on his troublesome right knee since Jan. 31, faced 21 pitches from Giants right-hander Kevin Correia split into two sessions in a simulated game. He took just one swing at the first seven pitches, but hit an early pitch from the second session out of the park.

    He also took a round of batting practice against hitting coach Joe Lefebvre, swinging 17 times and hitting another homer along with a handful of line drives. Bonds took more batting practice later with his teammates, and he played catch in the outfield.

    He'll consult with his doctors Friday before a similar workout -- and if he responds well to the increased stress and waiting periods required by his sport, Bonds acknowledged the possibility he could return this weekend.

    "It's not unrealistic, but now it's just the time of how I recover," Bonds said.

    Bonds looked good in batting practice for the fourth straight day since rejoining the Giants in Los Angeles, where he spent the last two months in rehabilitation. He also was upbeat being back in his home park with McCovey Cove behind right field -- though the chilly weather tested him.

    "I've been in L.A. for the most part in 90-degree weather," Bonds said of his rehabilitation. "Coming up here to San Francisco and the cold ... I just want to see how I come out of it."

    During his running exercises, Bonds sprinted around the bases and spoke with several coaches. After getting instructions on how to quickly head out of the batter's box for first base, Bonds cracked: "What if I hit a home run?"

    "I'm not waiting on his swing. I take that for granted," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "The thing is running the bases. He ran better than in spring training and in the last month of last year. At this time last year, he was limping and complaining about the knee. It's much, much better than a year ago, or in spring training."

    Bonds and general manager Brian Sabean refused to give a timetable for his return, but the Giants' longtime left fielder said he would be willing to return even as a pinch-hitter.

    "I want to play [in the outfield] if it's my pick, but I have to do what's best for the team," Bonds said.

    "I hope he's activated during the weekend -- that everything is OK enough that he's activated," Alou said. "[Friday], I don't see it as a sure thing, because we've got to see how he comes in tomorrow."

    The 41-year-old outfielder will provide a huge boost to San Francisco's improbable playoff push. Following Wednesday night's 9-8 loss to the Dodgers, the Giants were 63-75 -- but in second place in the NL West, just six games behind San Diego.

    "There's a feeling of urgency, because we know the difference that he could make for us," Alou said.

    Giants owner Peter Magowan and Sabean watched Bonds' workout from a luxury box above the field, while at least 40 reporters and photographers crowded into foul territory in the otherwise empty stadium.

    "It's days like this that tell you he's getting closer, but he's going to have to feel like he's ready," Sabean said.

    Bonds, who has 703 career homers, said Wednesday he would definitely play this season, continuing his quest to overtake Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) on baseball's career homers list.

    The Giants were preparing for the opener of an 11-game homestand, facing the Chicago Cubs in the first four. Though the season nearly over Bonds has no qualms about returning for even a short stint in the lineup.

    "I wouldn't be here if there was a major risk," he said. "The risk factor is minimal, and now it's just trying to maintain [progress]."