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.