Sep 20, 2010, 11:16 AM EST
Andres Torres had an emergency appendectomy on September 17 and was given an initial recovery timetable of 2-3 weeks, potentially knocking him out of the Giants’ lineup for the remainder of the regular season.
However, he’s apparently made good progress since then and manager Bruce Bochy said yesterday that Torres could be back in the lineup as soon as this weekend. “But we have to be smart about this,” Bochy told Jordan Schelling of MLB.com. “He just had surgery, so as much as we’d like to have him back we’re going to wait until he’s ready.”
San Francisco begins a crucial three-game series against Colorado on Friday night, but even Bochy admitted that Torres making it back that soon would be a “best-case scenario.”
Cody Ross and Aaron Rowand have split time in center field in place of Torres, who’s been one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season by hitting .269/.346/.476 with 14 homers, 64 total extra-base hits, and 23 steals at age 32 after never previously getting even 200 plate appearances in a season.