Andres Torres still hobbled by left Achilles strain

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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.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.