It has been over a week since Giants outfielder Andres Torres suffered a strained left Achilles tendon while trying to make a play on a fly ball and landed on the 15-day disabled list.
He’s not feeling any better.
According to MLB.com columnist Barry M. Bloom, Torres has “backed off running or exercises” for the time being and was spotted Saturday wearing an anti-inflammatory patch on the back of his foot.
Torres spoke with reporters about the ongoing discomfort and frustrating healing process:
“It bothers me a little bit,” said Torres. “We want to make sure now that it’s 100 percent. I tried to run a few times, but I’m not able to run like I want to. It’s better to wait and see how it feels for a couple of days. The main thing is I want to go out there at 100 percent. I don’t want to go out there if I’m hurt because that’s not going to help anybody, I don’t think.”
Torres was 8-for-28 with three doubles and three runs scored before he suffered the injury. Aaron Rowand has been filling in out in center field and will continue to draw regular looks for a couple more weeks.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.