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.

Cardinals place Adam Wainwright on 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation

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The Cardinals placed right-hander Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, the team announced Sunday. The move is retroactive to April 20. In a corresponding move, reliever John Brebbia was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

This is the second time Wainwright has landed on the disabled list in a month, albeit the first time due to issues with his pitching arm. While the 36-year-old hurler doesn’t believe he’ll be out for long, the Cardinals won’t take any chances with a potential elbow injury, especially as Wainwright is just six months removed from arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. As the extent of the issue has yet to be revealed, no specific timetable has been given for his return to the mound just yet.

The veteran righty earned his first win of 2018 last Tuesday, holding the Cubs to just four hits and one run over five innings during the Cardinals’ 5-3 win. He hasn’t looked particularly dominant on the mound, however, with eight walks and two home runs spoiling 15 2/3 innings of work so far this season.

The Cardinals have yet to announce a replacement for Wainwright in the rotation, but right-hander Jack Flaherty looks to be available to make a spot start if need be. Flaherty is 3-0 through three starts in Triple-A this spring, with a 2.25 ERA, 1.4 BB/9 and 9.0 SO/9 through 20 innings. He logged one start at the major-league level, delivering five innings of one-run, nine-strikeout ball in a 5-4 loss to the Brewers earlier this month.