Giants' Williams pain-free in rehab National League


SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Matt Williams' biggest worry Sunday night wasn't his mending right foot, and that's good news for the San Francisco Giants.

The slugging third baseman had more difficulty with his timing as a hitter in his first rehabilitation game in three weeks.

Williams, who said he hopes to rejoin the Giants on Aug. 21, reported no pain while going 1-for-3 with two strikeouts in five innings for the Single-A San Jose Giants.

"There's no pain or anything," said Williams, who led the NL in home runs (13), RBIs (35) and batting average (.381) before breaking his foot while fouling off a pitch June 3.

"Other than my timing at the plate, I'm ready to go."

Williams said that his foot felt much better than it did in his first rehabilitation game at San Jose on July 24, when he felt discomfort that forced his rehab to be suspended and his foot to be placed in a cast for a week.

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