Andres Torres injured his left hip and upper groin area while legging out a bunt single in the top of the ninth inning last night, but hopes to be available to play in Game 1 of the World Series against the Rangers on Wednesday night, reports Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.
Torres suffered the injury when he needlessly dove headfirst into the first base bag. He remained in the game at first, but was replaced by Aaron Rowand in center field for the bottom of the ninth inning.
Funnily enough, Giants manager Bruce Bochy later admitted that he didn’t even know Torres was coming out of the game. Team trainer Dave Groeschner made that call.
Torres struggled in the early part of the postseason, but went 6-for-10 with two walks and two runs scored over the final three games of the NLCS.
The Rangers outrighted reliever Shawn Tolleson off the 40-man roster on Wednesday. Rather than accept the assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, Tolleson has opted to become a free agent, Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake reports.
Tolleson, 28, emerged as a closer for the Rangers in 2015, but his follow-up campaign this year was dreadful. He finished with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He eventually went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.
Despite the nightmarish season, it’s easy to see a team deciding to take a flier on Tolleson for the 2017 season.
Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.
Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.