Tag:Aaron Rowand
Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:18 pm

Giants contemplate roster, lineup

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants will wait until Wednesday morning to finalize their World Series roster, but it is expected that Barry Zito, who has been left off of the roster in each of the first two postseason rounds, will remain on the sidelines.

As for a lineup, outfielder and leadoff man Andres Torres has been instrumental in making the Giants go this summer. But with lefty Cliff Lee starting Game 1 and with Torres having strained a muscle near his left hip in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series, indications are that the Giants may go with an outfield of Pat Burrell, Aaron Rowand and Cody Ross in Game 1.

"The lineup, you'll probably see it get tweaked a little bit with the left-handers, as we did when Cole Hamels was throwing against us," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Again, you're going with match-ups, how lefties handle certain lefties.

"I know they have a couple going against us the first two games. You could see it teaked a little bit. As far as Torres, I'll know more [Wednesday]."

Torres has never faced Lee or Game 2 starter C.J. Wilson. Rowand, career, is hitting .280 (7-for-25) with one home run against Lee. Overall, the Giants only have a few players with a very small number of at-bats against Wilson -- Juan Uribe leads the team with four at-bats against him.

Posted on: September 12, 2010 3:11 pm

Giants lose Torres to appendicitis

SAN DIEGO – The ebb and flow of the stretch run took another unexpected turn Sunday morning, the San Francisco Giants suffering a big blow as a result: Center fielder Andres Torres, in the midst of a career year, underwent an appendectomy and is expected to miss at least 10 days to two weeks.

Torres reported severe pain to the Giants' medical staff about 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Manager Bruce Bochy said he thought Torres had some discomfort toward the end of Saturday's game, though at the time it did not appear to be anything significant.

Torres, who was said to be undergoing a laparoscopic appendectomy on Sunday morning while the Giants prepared for the finale of their showdown series here, is hitting .269 with 14 homers and 60 RBI this season and had emerged as the Giants' everyday center fielder.

"These things happen," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "You hate to see it. I feel terrible for Andres with the year he was having. But we have some depth here. There are guys here who should look at it as a great opportunity.

"You move on. That's what we have to do."

In Torres' place atop the lineup, Bochy penciled in veteran Aaron Rowand (.235, 10, 32) in the leadoff slot. But that was in pencil, not pen, and for one day.

The Giants' plans going forward in center field and with the leadoff slot?

"Today, Rowand is in center field," Bochy said. "I'll leave it at that. We'll huddle up after the game and on the day off to talk about what we may do."

The Giants are off Monday before beginning a six-game homestand Tuesday against the Dodgers. Milwaukee follows Los Angeles into San Francisco.

Torres had slowed lately with the bat, having hit .106 (5 for 47) with 17 strikeouts over his past 12 games. Still, his 64 extra-base hits are tied for sixth-most in the NL. Torres has started 116 games for the Giants this season and appeared in 130 of 143.

Posted on: April 19, 2010 11:08 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2010 12:01 am

Giants get good news on Rowand

The shiner on Aaron Rowand's left eye Monday brought to mind the old joke, "You should have seen the other guy."

Only in this case, after Rowand suffered fractures in his cheekbone when he was hit by a Vicente Padilla pitch Friday, the punch-line was different.

"You should have seen it the last couple of days," the Giants' center fielder said. "It's pretty good today."

It's all relative, but the big news of the day for the Giants is that Rowand not only will avoid surgery, but doctors have told him that he should be good to go as soon as he's eligible to return from the disabled list on May 2.

"It's great news for us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before the series-opener with San Diego. "It's the best news we could get.

"He can't do any activity until Friday, but after that, he can do baseball activity and then he can come off of the disabled list when he's able to."

Rowand was off to a good start, hitting .304 with a homer and six RBI in 10 games.

In his place, Bochy said he'll probably use Andres Torres more often than not "because Torres is our best center fielder with Aaron Rowand down and we're getting our best defense out there."

With Mark DeRosa also down with a strained hamstring -- the Giants hope he can return maybe as early as Wednesday -- Bochy said he probably will mix and match Eugenio Velez, Nate Schierholtz and John Bowker, depending on pitching matchups.

"A lot depends on where we're at with DeRosa," Bochy said.

DeRosa did pinch hit Monday night, batting for pitcher Matt Cain in the seventh inning with the Giants trailing San Diego 2-1 with one out and runners on second and third. Facing reliever Luke Gregerson, DeRosa struck out.

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