Torres goes on DL with Achilles strain
Ford called up to replace outfielder on Giants' roster
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."
Ross sees game action earlier than planned
PHOENIX -- Giants right fielder Cody Ross played in an extended spring training game Friday and is progressing in his return from a right calf injury that has kept him on the disabled list since the start of the regular season.
"He played three innings today and had three at-bats, one double. It was a good day for Cody," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said prior to his club's game against the D-backs at Chase Field on Friday night.
Ross is now improving so quickly he was sent out to play in game action a day earlier than expected. According to Bochy, if all goes well in another extended spring tilt Saturday, Ross will begin his official Minor League rehab by joining Triple-A Fresno in Las Vegas on Sunday. There's an outside chance Ross can come off the 15-day DL sometime next week and rejoin the team at Denver, where the Giants open a three-game series against the Rockies on Monday night.
Ross was injured on March 23 during a Cactus League game against the Angels at Tempe and hadn't played since then until Friday.
"He came in on [Thursday's] day off," Bochy said about Ross's accelerated pace. "We checked off all the boxes with him running. It's up to us whether he returns in Colorado or we wait until we return home [next Friday night against Atlanta]. A lot of it depends how he comes out of it every day. We'd like to give him 10-15 [rehab] at-bats at least."
A quick return by Ross would help supplement the Giants' outfield situation. Center fielder Andres Torres (strained left Achilles tendon] was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday and is not eligible to return until April 26. The Giants recalled outfielder Darren Ford from Fresno to replace Torres on the roster for time being.
Giants thrilled to honor Robinson
PHOENIX -- The Giants took the field Friday night on the road against the D-backs wearing Jackie Robinson's retired No. 42 just like everyone else in Major League Baseball.
Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers at first base on April 15, 1947, becoming the first black player in the 20th century to wear a Major League uniform. Robinson's No. 42 was retired throughout baseball on the 50th-anniversary celebration of this date in 1997.
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The Giants, also based in New York in that era, followed suit shortly thereafter, bringing Monte Irvin to the Major Leagues in 1949 and Willie Mays in 1951. Both players, like Robinson, are members of the Hall of Fame.
"This is an important day for everyone in baseball," said Giants shortstop Miguel Tejada, a native of the Dominican Republic. "It feels unbelievable to wear his number. It makes you feel like you're part of him. I never got to see him play, but the way everyone talks about Jackie Robinson is magnificent. It's a great feeling for every player because of the way he played the game and what he did for the game."
Tejada, 36 and in his 14th season, was born in 1974, two years after Robinson passed away.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who has been through numerous Jackie Robinson Days in his 17 years as a Major League manager, said he always feels honored every season when this day comes around. This time he's doing it as manager of the defending World Series champions.
"Since we've been having Jackie Robinson Day it's been a special day for us and everyone in America," he said. "We all see that he probably impacted the game more than anybody. He changed the culture of the game and this is our way of honoring Jackie."
It should be noted that from 1949-1956, the Giants of Mays and Irvin and the Dodgers of Robinson, Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella, Joe Black and Junior Gilliam, won eight consecutive National League pennants. The Giants' previous World Series title prior to this past season was in 1954, a sweep of the Indians.
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.