Giants Extras: Torres back with team, Abreu streaking, etc.

Giants Extras: Torres back with team, Abreu streaking, etc.
September 26, 2013, 8:30 am
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Andres Torres will wear a cast for the next four weeks as he recovers from surgery to remove bone spurs from his left heel. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SAN FRANCISCO -- Andres Torres was back in the Giants clubhouse on Wednesday, and he will remain with his teammates for the final four games of the season.

Torres had successful surgery on his left heel four weeks ago Wednesday, removing several bone spurs and cleaning out the area that's been bothering the speedster since 2011. The 35-year old, nine-year veteran will wear a cast for four more weeks.

He's seeing the same therapist that worked Buster Posey through his catastrophic leg injury in 2011, and Torres is scheduled for sessions every morning that, so far, are limited to stretching.

The biggest challenge? Slowing down. The man who tells the crowd he would be a cheetah if he were an animal between innings as part of the in-game entertainment at AT&T Park is looking at a number of slothful weeks.

Following the news he'd need surgery in late August, Insider Andrew Baggarly wrote: "It’s fair to assume that Andres Torres has played his last game as a Giant. His career is very much in question, too."

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After tallying a career-high four RBI in Wednesday's win, Tony Abreu is 8-for-his-last-22 (.364) with a home run and seven RBI.

"He's really been doing a nice job," Bochy said after the win. "He got some big hits on that road trip -- Yankee Stadium, last night and then tonight.

"He's done a nice job since he's been up here."

Bochy is using the final stretch of games as a tryout for his less experienced players. The 28-year old earned $498K on his one-year contract this year and is under team control for the next three seasons.

Abreu, who was sidelined for a significant portion of the season with bursitis in his left knee, is hitting .250 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 49 games.

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Juan Uribe didn't play for the Dodgers on Wednesday night, and it brought him closer to Dodgers history. If he can finish the rest of the season without an error, he'll go down as the franchise's most sure-handed third baseman.

The former Giant owns a .982 fielding percentage with just four games remaining. He's erred just five times in 282 total chances, putting the 13-year vet in the running for his first career Gold Glove.

Adrian Beltre's .978 mark in 2004 is officially under siege. Among qualifiers, Uribe's .982 ranks 22nd all time.

 

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