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04/08/08 8:44 PM ET

Chulk not quite ready to return

Giants reliever will get another rehab outing at Triple-A

SAN FRANCISCO -- Right-hander Vinnie Chulk is expected to rejoin the Giants' Triple-A Fresno outpost for at least one more injury rehabilitation outing before being activated from the 15-day disabled list.

The Giants made that determination after Chulk, who has been sidelined with tendinitis in his throwing shoulder, pitched a simulated game Tuesday afternoon. Chulk worked the equivalent of two innings, throwing two 18-pitch segments separated by a two-minute rest. He faced teammates Rajai Davis, Steve Holm, Fred Lewis and Eugenio Velez.

Manager Bruce Bochy explained that the Giants want to make sure Chulk is at full strength before he returns to the bullpen.

"When he comes up here, we don't want to be concerned with how we use him," Bochy said.

To test himself fully, Chulk threw all of his pitches, worked from the windup and the stretch position and employed a slide-step.

Chulk, 29, began experiencing physical problems toward the end of last season when a circulatory ailment robbed him of feeling in his right middle finger and forced him to miss September. At the time he was sidelined, he was tied for the staff lead with 57 appearances.

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