SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants outfielder Andres Torres was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a strained left Achilles' tendon and might not return this season.
Torres said the injury has lingered since the start of 2011 after he helped the Giants win a World Series championship the previous fall. He is scheduled to get a second opinion and be examined by specialist Dr. Robert Anderson next week in North Carolina and hopes to avoid surgery — though an MRI exam showed bone spurs in the area.
"I need to be 100 percent," Torres said. "After we won the World Series and they gave us the rings (April 9, 2011), I hurt this foot and I've never been the same. Playing like this is not going to be good for me and it's not going to be good for the organization. I respect them a lot. This is something I have to work to get better."
Rehabilitation hasn't worked for the speedy Torres, who said the left foot bothers him most when hitting from the left side and is limiting him to running at about 80 percent. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Torres called about 1:30 p.m. Thursday to tell him he couldn't play in the opener of a four-game series against the NL Central-leading Pittsburgh Pirates.
"It's bothering him to the point he needs a break," Bochy said. "I can't say it's over yet until he gets evaluated. I think that will determine what ends up happening with Andres. Is there a possibility of surgery? Sure. That's why he's getting checked out."
Bochy said he only learned of Torres' condition a few days ago but the outfielder hadn't spoken of it, saying "it's one of those injuries that's flared up again on him."