Sunday, July 01, 2001

Bonds Watch: Out with bruised wrist

The Associated Press

        SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds' bruised right wrist kept him out of the San Francisco Giants' starting lineup for Saturday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

        Though his wrist was sore and a bit numb, Bonds said he would be back in the Giants' lineup today to continue chasing Mark McGwire's home run record.

        “I'm alive and breathing,” Bonds said. “The circulation is still going. I'll be out there (today), end of story.”

        San Francisco rallied for four runs in the eighth inning Saturday to beat St.Louis 5-2. Bonds could have been used as a pinch hitter, but Pedro Feliz filled that role admirably, driving in the go-ahead runs with a bases-loaded single.

        “We felt fortunate we didn't need to use Barry,” manager Dusty Baker said. “As things stand now, he should go tomorrow.”

        Bonds was injured in the fifth inning Friday night when he banged his hand on top of the left-field wall at Pacific Bell Park while robbing St. Louis rookie Albert Pujols of a home run.

        Bonds' absence curtailed the second day of the showdown between McGwire and Bonds, who has 39 homers in the Giants' first 80 games. Although Bonds hasn't hit a home run in a week, he is still well ahead of the previous fastest homer paces in baseball history.


        Bonds' last homer came in St. Louis on June 23.


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