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08/29/08 7:53 PM ET

Frandsen nears key test of injured leg

Giants infielder plans to try running the bases soon

CINCINNATI -- By the time the Giants return home, Kevin Frandsen could be extremely close to resuming life as a full-fledged, able-bodied ballplayer.

Frandsen's with the Giants to continue the final stages of his recovery from a ruptured left Achilles tendon that has sidelined him all season. The 26-year-old infielder said that sometime during the trip's remaining five days, he'll try running the bases -- which was how he injured himself on March 24.

"Ultimately, I think that's going to be the biggest test," Frandsen said Friday, explaining that rounding the bases with an angled foot and ankle will put the most strain on his Achilles.

Otherwise, Frandsen has been performing all baseball-related tasks and easily can sprint straight ahead.

"Everything's going in the right progression," he said.

Appearing in a Major League game before the season ends remains Frandsen's goal. Ideally, he'll report to San Francisco's instructional-league camp in Arizona beginning Sept. 20 and play there for several days before rejoining the Giants during the season's final week. Frandsen jokingly told reporters that even if he played briefly, they'd be spared from having to chronicle everything he does for the first time in 2009.

But Frandsen's aware that when he gets back on the field isn't up to him.

"It's management's decision and the trainers' decision and the doctors' decision," he said.

At the very least, Frandsen felt thrilled to accompany the team on the road for the first time this season. He joined the Giants for a late-May series at Arizona, but only because he was rehabilitating his injury at the team's Scottsdale training complex.

"It feels like I'm still part of the team," Frandsen said. "I don't have to watch it on the Internet, like I do every game. I'm very thankful for just being able to come out here."

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