SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds doesn't expect to play this season because of his injured right knee, putting the San Francisco slugger's quest for the career home run record on hold until at least 2006.
"I don't think you're going to see me out there this year," Bonds told MLB.com Monday. "That's the reality of the situation. I'm improving. I'm happy with the progress. I'm working out hard on the exercise bike and the elliptical machine, but I'm just not there yet. The last thing I want is to get back on the field and be out again a week later."
Bonds said a recent MRI exam showed some fluid building up in the knee that has been operated on three times since Jan. 31. He said his doctors advised him to wait until next year to return to the Giants.
"He has not informed the Giants of that decision," assistant general manager Ned Colletti told Associated Press.
Bonds has 703 home runs, third on the all-time list behind Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755).
Last month, Bonds was more optimistic when he joined the team briefly during a trip in Los Angeles. On his personal website two weeks ago, Bonds wrote that he was hopeful he could return in September.