The center fielder was placed on the disabled list Friday before Friday's 5-2 win in Arizona because he wasn't showing enough improvement with his Achilles' tendon strain. Darren Ford was promoted from Class AAA Fresno to fill Torres' roster spot, and Aaron Rowand remained the starting center fielder.
Because the DL stint is retroactive to Sunday, Torres will be eligible to play again on April 26, the start of a 10-game trip. He was hurt Saturday when pursuing a ball in front of him.
He was in a protective boot and on crutches, and while it seemed unlikely he'd be able to avoid the DL, management kept suggesting there was a chance. And, of course, Torres had nothing but hope.
But for a player who relies on his speed, the DL seemed imminent. Without him, the Giants don't have much of a speed game. Rowand isn't much of a threat on the bases, though the guy who replaced Torres on the roster, Class AAA outfielder Darren Ford, is all about speed.
Ford was influential when called up last September, though he never got an at-bat. In fact, he played Friday but didn't hit.
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