Bonds returns to camp, has bronchitis

Bonds returns to camp, has bronchitis

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Barry Bonds returned to the Giants on Monday after missing two days of workouts and at least one game because of what he now is being told is a bout with bronchitis.

Bonds took batting practice on the main field at Scottsdale Stadium on Monday while many of his teammates bused to Tucson to play a Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The Giants play another home game on Tuesday against the Angels, and Bonds said it was highly doubtful he would play.

"No, man," he told after the brief workout in the batting cage. "I'm just happy I was able to get out there and take some swings. I'm just glad to get out of the house and deal with the sickness and the pain."

Bonds said he spent the weekend in bed after making his spring debut on Friday here against the Brewers. In the game, he went 0-for-2 with a swinging strikeout and an infield grounder. Out in left field, he missed a fly ball hit by the Brewers' Mike Rivera that led to five runs.

"The sun was suddenly blinding me and my eyes misted up," said Bonds, who began feeling ill the morning of that game. "I couldn't see anything."

Bonds continued to cough after his Monday batting practice session, during which he still hit a few balls out. After explaining the tightness in his chest and the recurring symptoms of the illness to Dr. Bob Murray while sitting at his locker, the team physician told Bonds he probably was dealing with bronchitis.

"I've never had that before," Bonds said. "It's hard to breathe. It's like you have a weight on your chest that won't come off. And then when I swallow or cough, it feels like there are a million little knives in my throat and chest."

Bonds arrived in camp with the rest of the position players on Feb. 23, free from the injuries that have plagued him the last two seasons -- a right knee that required a trio of surgeries in 2005 and a left elbow, which was scoped after the 2006 season. Still, there always seems to be something.

At least a dozen Giants players have been plagued with similar illnesses as the first few weeks of Spring Training have played out.

"I just feel weak and I can't move," said Bonds, who signed a one-year contract that could be worth as much as $20 million just days before he was slated to arrive in camp. "I feel like all the work I did getting ready all winter went down the drain the last few days. But I'm just trying to get back as fast as I can. Other guys in here have missed six or eight days. Getting back faster than that's important to me."

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.