Giants' Torres undergoes appendectomy
The San Francisco Giants say outfielder Andres Torres is having an appendectomy and is expected to be out for 10 to 14 days.
The team says Torres is to have a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure.
This is a big blow for the Giants, who are chasing the San Diego Padres in the NL West and have come to rely on Torres at all three outfield spots.
The 32-year-old Torres emerged as an everyday player in his second year with San Francisco. He toiled through 12 years in the minors — eight at the Triple-A level — before finally getting his shot. Many teams passed on him based on his size: 5-foot-10, 175 pounds.
His impressive play in the field, at the plate and on the basepaths forced manager Bruce Bochy to make room for Torres in the starting lineup and move veteran Aaron Rowand into a backup role.