Andres Torres, Mark DeRosa off DL, into Giants lineup

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The Giants activated both Andres Torres (Achilles’ tendon) and Mark DeRosa (wrist) from the disabled list Tuesday and inserted them right into the lineup for their game against the Diamondbacks.

Torres is returning to his usual leadoff spot, while DeRosa is playing third and batting seventh.

As expected, the Giants sent the struggling Miguel Tejada to the bench to make room for DeRosa.  Tejada played shortstop before moving to third when Pablo Sandoval got hurt, but Mike Fontenot has been red-hot and will stay there for now.  Tejada is hitting just .195/.230/.263 with one homer and nine RBI in 118 at-bats.

What is unexpected is that Aaron Rowand remains in the lineup in left field.  Rowand did a nice job filling in for Torres last month, but he’s slumped of late: he’s hitting .212 with just one RBI and 12 strikeouts in eight games this month.  Overall, he’s at .271/.317/.398 n 118 at-bats.  Pat Burrell, who is taking a seat, is hitting .239/.364/.446.

The move signals a philosphy shift from manager Bruce Bochy.  Before the season started, Bochy indicated that it was Torres who would move around the outfield when he and Rowand played together.  Now, however, Torres is playing center and Rowand is making just his second start in an outfield corner since 2004.  It’s just the fourth time in his career that he started in left field, though he did see a bunch of action there as a defensive replacement in his early days with the White Sox.

Report: Yankees to promote Gleyber Torres

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Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres will be promoted to the majors this weekend, per a report from Jack Curry of the YES Network. Torres was expected to make his debut earlier in the season, but his starting date was pushed back after he suffered a bout of back tightness last Monday. Now, however, it looks like he’s finally healthy enough to make an impact on a team that’s in sore need of an offensive boost. As of Saturday evening, the team has yet to officially confirm the move.

The 21-year-old infielder has made quite the impression in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this spring, slashing .370/.415/.543 with five extra-base hits and 11 RBI in his first 53 plate appearances. Prior to the start of the 2018 season, he was ranked first overall in the Yankees’ system and fifth among the league’s best prospects (via MLB Pipeline). His numbers at the plate have been made all the more impressive by the fact that he’s only 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing arm; neither the injury nor the lengthy recovery process seems to have had any detrimental effect on his game play this year.

While Torres appears most comfortable as a shortstop, he’s not expected to supplant Didi Gregorius in a starting role. Instead, it’s more likely that he’ll sub in at second and third base among the likes of Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker and Ronald Torreyes.