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Notes: Giles making slow recovery

Notes: Giles making slow recovery

WASHINGTON -- In a perfect world, Brian Giles would have been able to run pain-free on his right knee and would be looking forward to rejoining the team in time for the start of its three-game series against the Dodgers on Tuesday at PETCO Park.

But Giles, who hasn't played in a game since May 19 because of a nagging bone bruise in his right knee, won't be coming off the disabled list when he's eligible to on Tuesday, and as it stands, there's no timetable for his return.

"I think it's more of a significant injury," Giles said on Sunday. "I'm trying to get to where it's [the pain] tolerable."

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So far, Giles isn't there yet. He had hoped to do some running in Washington to test the knee that he believes he first injured in April in Chicago. It's an injury that progressively got worse, landing him on the disabled list retroactive to May 20.

Giles has been told by the Padres training staff that there's typically a six-week healing process with injuries similar to the one that he has. But each injury is different and bone bruises can be unpredictable.

Former Padres second baseman Bret Boone suffered a similar injury in 2000 and missed the final five weeks of the season.

"Players want to play," Padres manager Bud Black said. "That's the thing that frustrates the most. When you're initially put on the disabled list, you look at that calendar and say, 'That's my day.' When that doesn't happen, that's when it becomes frustrating.

"With this injury, I think he knows there is not a lot of things you can do for treatment. There isn't any magic potion that can speed up this process."

Giles, who has missed the last 12 games, has been limited to some minor hitting drills as well as some cardiovascular work on the elliptical machine.

Eying a milestone: On Thursday, Mike Cameron hit career home run No. 200 in the Padres' 4-2 victory over the Pirates in 11 innings.

"I've been playing this game a long time and done some special things, but to get to 200 home runs, been in the league 13 years, you start looking back at some things. ... That's pretty special," Cameron said.

But now Cameron wants more.

Cameron said nothing would delight him more than joining the elite and small group of Major League players to have hit 300 home runs in their career and stolen 300 bases.

"Maybe if I play long enough, I'll get a chance to get into a special club," Cameron said. "There's only a few guys who have gone 300-300."

The only active players in Major League history with at least 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases are Barry Bonds, Reggie Sanders and Steve Finley. Willie Mays, Andre Dawson and Bobby Bonds also reached the 300-300 club.

Entering Sunday's game, Bonds had 746 home runs and 511 stolen bases, Sanders had 305 home runs and 304 stolen bases and Finley had 304 home runs and 320 stolen bases.

Reaching 300 stolen bases figures to be easier than hitting 300 home runs for Cameron, though he has historically hit the ball better during the summer months. Take last season, when Cameron had eight home runs in June and six more in July.

"I just feel comfortable," said Cameron, who after hitting just .192 in April hit .288 in May. "I talk about it a lot. It's just comfort, seeing the ball pretty good. When you hit it, sometimes it's going to get out of there."

Black has certainly been pleased with the production the 34-year-old Cameron has been giving the team lately, though he was never really worried. It was just a matter of time, Black said.

"Here again, it looks as though he's seeing the ball better, taking aggressive swings," Black said. "We talk about guys getting back up to their norm, I think Cammy is going in that direction."

Cameron was a late scratch Sunday because of a tight hamstring. Hiram Bocachica got the start in center field in his place.

Cruz healing: Jose Cruz Jr. was doing better Sunday, slowly recovering from back spasms he suffered Thursday when he sneezed.

Cruz wasn't in the lineup on Sunday -- the third consecutive game he missed -- but Black indicated that there's a good chance he'll be able to play on Tuesday against the Dodgers.

"With these two days [Sunday and the scheduled off-day Monday], hopefully he'll be back on Tuesday," Black said. "The back, it's a tough one. They've [spasms] quieted down."

On the farm: Triple-A Portland pitcher Tim Stauffer took a perfect game into the seventh inning Saturday before allowing one run in a 3-1 victory over Omaha. Stauffer, who was the Padres' first-round draft pick in 2003, allowed three hits and had five strikeouts in his seven innings.

Elsewhere, Matt Antonelli was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base and Chad Huffman had three hits as Class A Lake Elsinore fell to Inland Empire, 4-2.

At Class A Fort Wayne, 19-year-old outfielder Cedric Hunter had four hits and scored a run in the Wizards' 8-4 loss to West Michigan.

On deck: The Padres are off on Monday, but open a three-game series at 7:05 p.m. PT on Tuesday at PETCO Park against the Dodgers. Chris Young (6-3, 2.42) will get the start for San Diego. Los Angeles will counter with Jason Schmidt (1-2, 7.36), who will make his first start since coming off the disabled list.

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

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