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Affeldt's return from knee injury not imminent

LOS ANGELES -- Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt, who's recovering from a sprained right knee, likely will need to remain on the disabled list longer than expected, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday.

Affeldt is eligible to be activated from the DL on Monday, a scheduled off-day for the Giants. But he struggled in an injury rehabilitation outing Saturday with Triple-A Fresno at Las Vegas, allowing four runs and three hits while walking two in one-third of an inning.

Asked about the report he received on Affeldt's performance, Bochy said, "The report probably matched the box score." Bochy quickly added that Las Vegas can be an unfriendly ballpark for pitchers, which might have compromised Affeldt's effort.

Bochy emphasized that he wants Affeldt to be completely healthy when he rejoins the Giants, regardless of how much recovery time he requires.

"I don't think it's going to be critical that we rush him," Bochy said, adding that the bullpen's overall effectiveness has minimized the urgency to activate Affeldt.

Chris Haft is a reporter for Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat.
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