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Bonds may play game this week

Barry Bonds could play his first spring training game in two years Friday.

Manager Felipe Alou said Sunday it is unlikely Bonds would travel to Phoenix on Thursday for the opener against Milwaukee but probably would play Friday against it at Scottsdale Stadium if his right knee feels okay.

"I have to check with him the day before the game," Alou said.

Bonds, who played only 14 games last season because of three knee surgeries, took batting practice for the fifth consecutive day Sunday and took part in some fielding drills.

"He told me he feels very, very good," Alou said. "Bonds is having fun."

Alou said the team hadn't decided whether to ask for permission to use Bonds as a designated hitter in games against National League teams but said he hasn't ruled out playing Bonds for a couple of innings in leftfield.

Pirate might miss season

BRADENTON - A blood clot close to starting pitcher Kip Wells' right arm could jeopardize his season.

General manager Dave Littlefield described the clot as a "100 percent blockage" of the axillary artery under the clavicle, the primary vessel that carries blood from the chest to the arms.

Wells, 28, said he will decide in the next few days about getting a second opinion on having surgery. If Wells, who went 8-18 with a 5.08 ERA last year, has surgery, he likely would miss 5-8 months.

ASTROS: Roger Clemens will pitch to minor-leaguers even though he's not on the team. Clemens, 43, who led the majors last season with a 1.87 ERA, wants to pitch in the World Baseball Classic then decide about retiring. The free agent wasn't offered arbitration by the Astros and cannot re-sign with them until May 1 but could join another team before then. General manager Tim Purpura said the team got permission from Major League Baseball to allow Clemens to pitch.

BRAVES: Brian Jordan fielded ground balls at first base, trying to improve his chances of making the roster as a utility player. Jordan, 39 on March 29, was invited to camp as a nonroster player. In 76 games last year, he hit .247 with three homers and 24 RBIs. Manager Bobby Cox said he was "pleasantly surprised" how good Jordan looked.

ORIOLES: Outfielder Richard Hidalgo signed a minor-league contract and is expected to report today. In 88 games for the Rangers last year, he hit .221 with 16 home runs and 43 RBIs. If he makes the team, Hidalgo's salary will be $1-million plus incentives.

Also, Melvin Mora pulled out of the World Baseball Classic after Venezuela asked him to play centerfield instead of third base. Mora last played centerfield for 12 games in 2003. He said he would have deferred the third base job to Edgardo Alfonzo but not the Marlins' Miguel Cabrera.

ROYALS: Right-hander Zack Greinke left camp for undisclosed personal reasons. Manager Buddy Bell said Greinke received permission from the team and will return.