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06/02/08 9:59 PM ET
Vizquel rests recovering knee
Infielder says he's still not 100 percent after spring surgery
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Shortstop Omar Vizquel, who admitted that his surgically repaired left knee was not at full strength, was out of Monday's starting lineup, his second absence in the last three games. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that he would like Vizquel, 41, to rest more often to preserve his stamina and health. Vizquel, who was sidelined from early in Spring Training until May 10 after undergoing left knee surgery, appeared in 18 of 21 games, starting 17, after being activated from the 15-day disabled list. Vizquel acknowledged he wasn't in top physical condition. "It doesn't feel 100 percent yet, which I thought it was going to be, but it feels good enough to play," he said, adding that his knee starts to feel sore in the late innings. "You really don't know how things are going to react when you come off a surgery like this. I remember it took me awhile when I had the other one [in 2003]. I'm taking it easy. I feel confident that I'm going to start doing better. It's just going to take a little time." Vizquel needs awhile to find his hitting stroke. Since batting .444 (8-for-18) in his first five games, the all-time leader in games played by a shortstop has hit .087 (4-for-46). "I didn't have the time in Spring Training to go through the struggles, so I guess I'm doing all that right now," said the switch-hitting Vizquel, who took extra batting practice Monday. "He's been out in front a little bit more than anything," Bochy said. "He's just trying to get his timing down." Rookie Emmanuel Burriss, who entered the game with a .266 average, replaced Vizquel in the lineup.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.