Torres has appendectomy, done for regular season?

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Brutal news here for the Giants.

According to Chris Haft of MLB.com, outfielder Andres Torres underwent an laproscopic appendectomy on Sunday that will sideline him for the next 10 days to two weeks.

Torres, 32, has sprung up out of nowhere this season to provide a major spark atop the Giants’ lineup.  Through 479 at-bats, he owns a respectable .269/.346/.476 batting line, 14 home runs and 60 RBI.  He’s also swiped 23 bases, scored 81 runs, and he ranks second in the majors with 43 doubles.

Cody Ross could begin seeing regular playing time in Torres’ absence.  The 29-year-old Ross was claimed off waivers from the Marlins in late August but has made only 27 at-bats so far this season for San Francisco.

UPDATE:  Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle suspects that Torres is “likely done” for the rest of the regular season.

Phillies, Jake Arrieta having a “dialogue”

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No, not like a Socratic dialogue, in which each side, in a mostly cooperative, but intellectually confrontational manner interrogate one another as a means of testing assertions and finding truths, though that would be an AMAZING thing for baseball players and teams to do. Rather, low-level talks about possible interest in Jake Arrieta, baseball free agent.

Arrieta is probably the top free agent still available, now that Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer have signed. Philly has money — it’s a big market — and could use a pitcher, but Jon Heyman, who, much like Plato did for Socrates, reported the dialogue, says they’re not looking to go long term with anyone.

It may make sense for Arrieta to take a so-called “pillow contract” and come back on the market in a year, but if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal, there are a lot of teams other than Philly who may offer one, and you’d have to figure Arrieta would prefer to pitch for a team more likely to contend.

Dialogues are cool, though. You should go have one over lunch.