02/18/2003 4:40 pm ET
Bonds to have minor elbow surgery
By Rich Draper / MLB.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants outfielder Barry Bonds is scheduled to undergo minor surgery Wednesday morning to remove a suture remaining from a 1999 elbow operation.
Trainer Stan Conte said Bonds mentioned Tuesday that the suture has been irritating him for the past three to four weeks.
"He came in today complaining of left elbow tenderness and he had a little knot there," said Conte.
X-rays were taken of Bonds' elbow to confirm the diagnosis and Conte said it was obvious the suture was causing a little knot just below the skin.
Conte told reporters that Bonds said he "could do everything" from a baseball standpoint.
Orthopedist Dr. David Zeman will perform the procedure at around 9 a.m. in Scottsdale and will probably use local anesthetic to numb the area around the retained suture, Conte explained.
"It's analogous to taking a thorn out of the bottom of your foot," he added. "We're not sure exactly how long this will hold him out of workouts, but we don't expect it to be more than a few days."
The trainer said it was not a big deal, that the Giants could have decided not to go the surgical route. "It was a minor irritation that was starting to bother him. Our concern was that it might get worse.
"Once the suture is removed, that's the end of the story," said Conte.
Bonds' 1999 operation on the elbow was to repair a tear in his left triceps and to remove a large bone spur on the back of his elbow.
Rich Draper is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.