“There’s a lot of times I want to say I’m sorry to some of the fans. You’re only strong to a point and then you get nervous,” Bonds told KGO during a 90-minute interview. “I’m kind of standoffish and stuff and you can’t really explain that. … I’m mostly gun-shy of what can happen. Once this is all over and done, whether I get lucky enough to do it or not, I’ll be able to release just a little bit of the anxiety and fear of what can happen. “You don’t want anything to happen to yourself. You don’t want anything to happen to your family.” Barry Bonds declined to elaborate Wednesday about death threats the San Francisco slugger says he is receiving. “We’re not going anywhere with that,” Bonds said while walking off the field following Wednesday’s workout at Scottsdale Stadium. The 42-year-old Bonds, 22 home runs from passing Hank Aaron’s career record of 755, told San Francisco’s KGO Radio on Tuesday that he has been receiving threats. He faced only three batters in a 12-4 loss to Colorado before manager Ozzie Guillen took him out. Jenks doesn’t expect to miss any game action. Jenks hurting Around the horn Vinny Castilla will get his first taste of managing this summer when he leads the Mexican national team at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “That’s very exciting, man,” said the retired slugger who wants to one day manage in the major leagues. Castilla is Mexico’s career home-run leader in the majors, with 320 homers in 16 seasons with Atlanta, Colorado, Tampa Bay, Houston, Washington and San Diego. If baseball doesn’t provide a suitable career for Garrett Olson, the Baltimore Orioles pitcher has a Plan B: Finish his education at Cal Poly and earn a degree in mechanical engineering. Baseball players usually don’t dabble in technical fields, and Olson hopes it’s a long time before he picks up another text book. His immediate goal is play in the major leagues. “There are other opportunities for me,” Olson said Wednesday, “but right now baseball is No. 1.” The San Francisco Giants and right-hander Matt Cain were close to agreement Wednesday on a four-year contract with an option for a fifth year. “It’s ongoing,” said Bobby Evans, the Giants’ director of player personnel. “It’s not finalized.” Oakland Athletics outfielder Bobby Kielty needs arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and will be sidelined for three-to-six weeks. Kielty, who came to camp in the best shape of his career, injured the knee Sunday during a rundown drill – and just when he was ready to get through a healthy spring training, for a change. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bonds has been closely guarded by a Major League Baseball security official throughout spring training for the second straight year. The seven-time NL MVP is scheduled to play his first exhibition game Friday in Scottsdale against the Milwaukee Brewers. “It’s always a concern it’s happening,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s certainly unfortunate that you have to deal with something like that. There’s always going to be some concern. We have protection.” Aaron himself, who like Bonds is black, dealt with death threats and hate mail as he approached Babe Ruth’s then-record of 714 homers. Aaron passed Ruth on April 8, 1974. White Sox closer Bobby Jenks threw nine pitches Wednesday in Chicago’s opening spring training game before being taken out against Colorado because of tightness in his right shoulder. Jenks, who led the White Sox with 41 saves last year and was an instrumental part of Chicago’s late season run to the 2005 World Series, was to be evaluated Thursday.
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