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04/07/08 10:24 PM ET

Vizquel has bone bruise, will rest knee

Giants won't rush shortstop; Chulk slated for simulated game

SAN FRANCISCO -- Shortstop Omar Vizquel will rest a bone bruise in his surgically repaired left knee for the next three to five days, Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said Monday.

Vizquel rejoined the team Monday and underwent an MRI that confirmed the bruise, Groeschner said. Vizquel, who had a torn meniscus removed from his knee Feb. 27, can continue to work out but will be prohibited from running until his soreness subsides.

Vizquel, who turns 41 on April 24, will report to Triple-A Fresno for an injury rehabilitation assignment once he feels pain-free and can run, Groeschner said.

Echoing manager Bruce Bochy's sentiments, Groeschner said that Vizquel won't be activated from the disabled list until he's physically able to play every day. The Giants don't want to be forced to rest him regularly after he returns.

In other injury-related news, right-hander Vinnie Chulk, who's recovering from right shoulder tendinitis, is expected to pitch a simulated game Tuesday. Chulk recorded scoreless one-inning appearances Friday and Sunday with Fresno against Portland.

"They want to test me a little more," Chulk said. "I guess they want to see it with their own eyes."

The Giants will face the difficult task of trimming a reliever from their current staff when they activate Chulk. Right-hander Keiichi Yabu (5.06 ERA) could be at risk, although he pitched capably Monday by allowing one run in 2 2/3 innings.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.