Andres Torres could return from appendectomy this weekend

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Andres Torres had an emergency appendectomy on September 17 and was given an initial recovery timetable of 2-3 weeks, potentially knocking him out of the Giants’ lineup for the remainder of the regular season.
However, he’s apparently made good progress since then and manager Bruce Bochy said yesterday that Torres could be back in the lineup as soon as this weekend. “But we have to be smart about this,” Bochy told Jordan Schelling of MLB.com. “He just had surgery, so as much as we’d like to have him back we’re going to wait until he’s ready.”
San Francisco begins a crucial three-game series against Colorado on Friday night, but even Bochy admitted that Torres making it back that soon would be a “best-case scenario.”
Cody Ross and Aaron Rowand have split time in center field in place of Torres, who’s been one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season by hitting .269/.346/.476 with 14 homers, 64 total extra-base hits, and 23 steals at age 32 after never previously getting even 200 plate appearances in a season.

Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.

Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”

Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.

Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.