PHOENIX -- The Giants placed center fielder Andres Torres on the 15-day disabled list Friday night because of a strained left Achilles tendon, recalling outfielder Darren Ford from Triple-A Fresno to replace him on the Major League roster.
Torres has been slow to respond after getting injured Saturday night in a home game against the Cardinals, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before his club took on the D-backs at Chase Field.
"Andres took some swings today, but he was not running as well as we hoped so it's time to put him on the disabled list," Bochy said. "We gave him a little bit more time, but now he can use the entire 15 days. Hopefully this thing will clear up and we won't have any setbacks. Ford will come up from Fresno and we'll use him off the bench as another outfielder, pinch-runner, double-switch guy."
Torres, batting .286 (8-for-28) with three doubles and three runs scored, was backdated on the DL to Sunday and is eligible to be reactivated when the Giants open a three-game series at Pittsburgh on April 26.
In Torres' place, Aaron Rowand has been playing center field. He was back in the leadoff spot Friday night as the Giants opened a three-game weekend series against the D-backs.
Ford was batting .323 (10-for-31) with two doubles, a homer, six RBIs and six runs scored in seven games for the Grizzles.
"We were hoping [Torres] would be ready to go this weekend, but the way he was running there was no way," Bochy said. "It was the same as [Wednesday]. He came to the park and was very discouraged. It wasn't going better. We just said we'd give it one more day, the day off. When he came out today, there wasn't much improvement. That's why we made this move."