Torres still bothered by Achilles tendon strain

Torres still bothered by Achilles tendon strain

Torres still bothered by Achilles tendon strain
PHOENIX -- Giants center fielder Andres Torres said Saturday that he's disappointed his strained left Achilles tendon landed him on the 15-day disabled list.

Torres has been slow to respond getting injured last Saturday night in a game at San Francisco against the Cardinals. Talking to reporters before the Giants' rematch against the D-backs, Torres was wearing an anti-inflammatory patch on the back of his left foot and has backed off running or exercises at least for the time being.

"It bothers me a little bit," said Torres, who was officially DLed on Friday. "We want to make sure now that it's 100 percent. I tried to run a few times, but I'm not able to run like I want to. It's better to wait and see how it feels for a couple of days. The main thing is I want to go out there at 100 percent. I don't want to go out there if I'm hurt because that's not going to help anybody, I don't think."

Torres, batting .286 (8-for-28) with three doubles and three runs scored, was backdated on the DL to last Sunday and is eligible to be reactivated when the Giants open a three-game series at Pittsburgh on April 26. For now, he's been replaced on the 25-man roster by 25-year-old outfielder Darren Ford, who was recalled from Triple-A Fresno.

In Torres' place, Aaron Rowand has been playing center field. Rowand was back in the leadoff spot Saturday after an 0-for-5 game with three whiffs in the opener of the series, a 5-2 San Francisco win. Giants manager Bruce Bochy also decided to give rookie first baseman Brandon Belt a night off in lieu of Mark DeRosa. Belt, a left-handed hitter who is struggling at .200 (9-for-45), was benched against D-backs left-handed starter Joe Saunders.

Ford was batting .323 (10-for-31) with two doubles, a homer, six RBIs and six runs scored in seven games for the Grizzlies. He arrived in time Friday night to play the last two innings defensively. Torres, for now, is sitting it out.

"I ran [Friday] and it was still bothering me," Torres said. "We're going to take a few days and see how it feels. I think rest is going to be the best thing right now."