Giles passes another test on knee

Giles passes another test on knee

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Brian Giles' second day of game action since offseason surgery on his right knee went better than the first, if only because he got some pitches to hit this time.

Giles went 2-for-4 in a Minor League contest at the Peoria Sports Complex, taking all of the at-bats against Matt Wright, a Triple-A pitcher in the Kansas City system.

"That's not typical in Spring Training, but it's nice," Giles said. "The young kids struggle with their control ... today the guy was throwing a curveball, changeup and fastball."

On Friday, Giles faced four different pitchers, going 1-for-2 with two walks. He has yet to run the bases or play defense.

Sunday, he might pinch-hit in the Padres' Cactus League game in Tucson against the Rockies, and he's expected to play three to four innings in Monday's game against the D-backs.

"That'll be a little better test for me," Giles said.

Giles will get to see his brother, Marcus, in Tucson, as Marcus is a non-roster invitee this spring with Colorado.

Giles isn't worried about getting his swing ready for the regular season as much as he is testing out his knee.

"I'm mainly concerned about health," Giles said. "I still think I can hit."

Mark Thoma is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.