SAN FRANCISCO -- Travis Ishikawa admitted wishing that another club would claim him after the Giants placed him on waivers. But the first baseman has softened his stance recently.

Ishikawa, who spent all of the previous two seasons with the Giants, had no desire to return to the Minor Leagues. "I was hoping and praying that somebody would take a chance on me," he said Saturday. The Giants, who retained Ishikawa and assigned him to Triple-A after he cleared waivers, agreed to wait until Sunday to activate him so he could participate in the World Series ring ceremony.

Time has soothed Ishikawa somewhat. "Now I'm excited," said Ishikawa, a member of the Giants' system since he was drafted in 2002. "I'm glad I'm in the same organization." Playing for Triple-A Fresno will enable him to stay on the West Coast, which was a priority for him.

Ishikawa, a .265 career hitter with the Giants, said that he'll strive to become "more consistent" offensively, though readjusting to Minor League life -- featuring less glamorous cities, more modest playing conditions and a worse travel schedule -- could prove challenging. "That's definitely something I'm not looking forward to," he said.

Torres hurts left Achilles in win over Cards

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.