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.