Giants trainer- Bonds a little better

Sunday, July 21, 2002

LOS ANGELES -- Barry Bonds will probably be sidelined at least a few days, although his strained right hamstring was slightly improved Saturday.

"He's a little better this morning," San Francisco trainer Stan Conte said two hours before the Giants lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2.

Bonds strained his hamstring chasing Eric Karros' leadoff triple to left field in the 11th inning Friday night. San Francisco won 3-2 in 12 innings.

Bonds remained on the ground for a few minutes before slowly limping off the field.

"It may have been the change of direction when he and (Tsuyoshi) Shinjo came together, it may have been the change of surface when he went from grass to dirt," Conte said.

Actually, the warning track at Dodger Stadium is a rubber surface, not dirt.

"That surface is very dangerous out there," Giants manager Dusty Baker said. "This is grass to rubber. You wonder why. Is it maintenance? Is it cosmetic? It doesn't rain here. It's the only one I've ever seen."

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