SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -San Francisco shortstop Omar Vizquel could begin testing his surgically repaired left knee in minor league rehab games as soon as early next week.
But outfielder Dave Roberts won't be playing any time soon. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on his left knee performed by team orthopedist Ken Akizuki on Saturday to repair a torn meniscus and softening of the joint cartilage behind the kneecap.
The Giants made the announcement after Thursday night's 5-1 victory over St. Louis. Earlier in the day, the 35-year-old Roberts was examined in Los Angeles by Dr. Lewis Yocum to get a second opinion on the knee. He first complained of pain in the knee during spring training and had hoped the soreness would subside with rest and rehabilitation.
Vizquel, the 11-time Gold Glove winner who went on the 15-day disabled list following arthroscopic knee surgery on Feb. 27, did light baseball activity Thursday and manager Bruce Bochy expected him to go through extensive pregame work including batting practice with the Giants on Friday.
``I'd say after the weekend, but it depends how he's doing,'' Bochy said, when asked how long it will be until Vizquel can play in minor league games. ``We'll go on how he feels. When he comes off, we need him every day. He's still a little ways away. He's a little frustrated.''
The number of minor league games Vizquel might need has not been set. Rookie Brian Bocock has played every inning in place of Vizquel, who turns 41 on April 24.
Vizquel, who was not around the ballpark or available for comment Thursday, had set a target date of playing in the team's home opener this past Monday against the San Diego Padres.
``We need him to go out there and get to a point where he can play every day with an occasional day off,'' Bochy said. ``We won't be in a position to play him a day or two. ... Any time you have surgery, there's a possibility of setbacks, which he's had. He hasn't had swelling but he's had soreness.''
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