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.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. saved by the ivy

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The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.

After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.

Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.