02/21/2013 7:52 PM ET
Torres not resting in quest to stay speedy
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- An hour before the Giants begin their workout, Andres Torres starts his.
The compact (5-foot-10, 195 pounds) yet powerfully built outfielder fully realizes that he needs his speed to stay productive. So he does everything he can to enhance his mobility, employing a regimen that includes agility drills and stretching exercises to maintain his lower body. Torres usually can be found toiling by himself at the auxiliary field adjacent to Scottsdale Stadium.
A sprinter on the track team in high school and college, Torres rejected the notion that because he's 35, he's bound to slow down.
"Age doesn't matter," he said Thursday. "If you keep training and doing the right stuff, you'll be fine. I saw [British sprinter] Linford Christie when he was 35 and he was still running 9.9 in the 100 meters. People say, 'The older you get ...' But I don't believe that, because you see all these athletes, they take care of themselves and they have the tools."
And Torres intends to maximize the tool that has brought him to the Majors.
"Teams like speed," he said.
Giants preserving pitchers for busy spring
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Opting to save their horde of pitchers for Cactus League action, the Giants declined to conduct their usual intrasquad game Friday.
With a handful of pitchers at less than full strength (Javier Lopez and non-roster right-handers Edward Concepcion and Mason Tobin) and five veterans due to leave in early March for the World Baseball Classic (Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla, Jose Mijares, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong), manager Bruce Bochy and pitching coach Dave Righetti reasoned that they should save their pitchers' arms for game activity as much as possible.
Meanwhile, Bochy will do what he can to get San Francisco's Classic-bound position players game-ready. That group -- Pablo Sandoval, Marco Scutaro, Angel Pagan and Andres Torres -- might play a few extra innings in exhibition games before they depart.
"They'll probably get stretched out a little bit more than they normally would," Bochy said.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.