Torres to undergo surgery, miss six months

Torres to undergo surgery, miss six months
August 27, 2013, 4:30 pm

Andres Torres had a .644 OPS in 102 games and made some 'mental lapses in the outfield,' according to Bruce Bochy. (AP)

DENVER – It’s fair to assume that Andres Torres has played his last game as a Giant. His career is very much in question, too.

The energetic and affable outfielder will have surgery on Wednesday to remove painful bone spurs in his left Achilles area, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Recovery time is estimated at six months – meaning that Torres won’t be ready at the start of spring training, and might be pushing it to recover by opening day next season.

That’s going to make it hard for Torres, who will turn 36 in January, to latch on with a club as a free agent this winter. He already was going to find a tough market, given his disappointing season in which he posted a .644 OPS in 102 games and played inconsistent defense.

“He’s had his ups and downs just like our team,” Bochy said. “He struggled from the left side. It’s fair to say he wasn’t as sharp defensively. He thinks the Achilles played a part in that.

“Andres gives you all he has. He’s made some mental lapses in the outfield. But he did show up ready to play every day.

The Giants opened the season with a left field platoon of Torres and Gregor Blanco that didn’t inspire confidence. Then both players were overextended while filling something nearer to everyday roles after Angel Pagan went down in late May.

“It’s fair to say it wasn’t the type of year he was hoping for or we were hoping for,” Bochy said.

Torres will have the surgery in North Carolina with Carolina Panthers orthopedist Dr. Robert Anderson. He said the bone spurs have bothered him since 2011.

Expect the Giants to transfer Torres to the 60-day disabled list, which will open up a 40-man roster spot. But they’ll probably have to release at least another player or two to accommodate call-ups when rosters expand on Sunday.

The club is expected to add right-hander Heath Hembree, who isn’t on the 40-man roster. They’ll also need a 40-man spot to add a third catcher, with Johnny Monell and Guillermo Quiroz the top candidates. And they’ll have to clear a 40-man spot when they activate Angel Pagan from the 60-day disabled list.

The Giants plan to call up four or five players, Bochy said.

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