SAN DIEGO -- Matt Holliday can say he's going to avoid the disabled list in St. Louis, and maybe he will. The White Sox can hope that Adam Dunn only missed "up to five games", as they said on their Twitter account Wednesday.
But Andres Torres is here to tell you: Good luck with that.
Like Holliday and Dunn, with what suddenly has become the Injury of the Year in these early days of 2011, the Giants' outfielder underwent an emergency appendectomy last September.
As Holliday and Dunn hope to do, Torres avoided the disabled list and returned before anybody reasonably expected.
But that was after rosters had expanded in September, so the Giants weren't necessarily playing a man short.
"If we wouldn't have been so close to the playoffs, I would have taken more time, to be honest with you," Torres said Thursday. "I wasn't 100 percent, but I told myself, 'Go for it.'"
There were times when Torres wondered whether he was crazy.
He missed 12 days following the emergency appendectomy, came into a game as a defensive replacement on September 24, then started the next day ... but was removed mid-game because he still wasn't right. Then he sat for two more days.
"I hope [Holliday] gets better quick, but if he does it in a week, that's amazing. Seriously," Torres said. "I came back and played in one game, and I felt something pop out in my stomach and they had to take me out for two more days.
"The thing is, you've got a belt on. And let's say you reach or jump for the ball, you've got stitches."
Granted, neither Holliday nor Dunn is in Torres' speed category, but Torres said running is the biggest problem in returning from an appendectomy.
"It's painful," Torres said. "Diving for balls, too. I'm a sprinter but for me, when I came back, to be honest with you, it was painful.
"We were just going for the playoffs, and I wanted to be there."
Torres explained that surgeons make three small holes across your stomach in the procedure, and that, along with the stitches, can't be wished away.
"The pain, I'd say, lasts for 18 to 20 days," Torre said. "The pain is going to be there."
Likes: Best thing I've seen this spring, hands down: Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, 50, at San Diego's Petco Park on Wednesday. Gwynn, after a tough battle through radiation treatments to remove a tumor from his mouth, looks terrific and has lost weight. The twinkle is back in his eye, the life is back in his laugh and he looks even younger than the last several times I'd seen him. Just terrific. ... Tim Lincecum when he's on. ... Fun times with the traveling Giants' road show: They activated closer Brian Wilson on Wednesday, and he came on to pitch the ninth to a loud, raucous ovation. In San Diego. ... XM Radio during baseball season. ... The MLB Extra Innings package on television (which I still need to order before the Early Bird special expires this weekend). ... A list of CDs to pick up and being back home near my local record store to grab them. First up: The Drive-By Truckers' Go-Go Boots, which was released back in February.
Dislikes: What's with all of these appendicitis attacks? Not only St. Louis' Matt Holliday, the White Sox's Adam Dunn, and last September, the Giants' Andres Torres. Lesser known because it was right after the season, the Twins' Michael Cuddyer had an emergency appendectomy in October. Cuddyer was stricken not long after the Twins were eliminated by the Yankees in the playoffs and watched part of the World Series from his hospital room, post-surgery.
Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:
"Yeah I’m sorry, I can’t afford a Ferrari
"But that don’t mean I can’t get you there
"I guess he’s an X-box and I’m more Atari
"But the way you play your game ain’t fair"
-- Cee Lo Green, Forget You