SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants must wait to determine the immediate future of center fielder Andres Torres, who left Saturday night's game in the fourth inning after straining his left Achilles tendon. Torres will undergo an MRI on Sunday to reveal the extent of his injury. Relying on preliminary indications suggesting that the injury is mild, manager Bruce Bochy didn't sound too worried. "If it's exactly what we think, that's good news for us," Bochy said.
Torres recorded the first out in the fourth by racing into left-center field to catch Lance Berkman's line drive. He left the game after Colby Rasmus, the next batter, popped up to shallow center, where shortstop Miguel Tejada made the catch. Asked if he hurt himself on the Berkman play, Torres said, "I couldn't tell. I didn't know exactly what happened." "I felt a sharp pain there," said Torres, who wore a walking boot on his left leg and used one crutch as he left the clubhouse. In Torres' absence, right fielder Aaron Rowand moved to center field and Nate Schierholtz came off the bench to occupy right -- then went 3-for-3 at the dish. Schierholtz defied the lefty-lefty percentages by collecting his first two hits, both sharp singles to right field, off St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia, who yielded just two other hits in his six innings.