Torres has appendectomy, done for regular season?

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Brutal news here for the Giants.

According to Chris Haft of MLB.com, outfielder Andres Torres underwent an laproscopic appendectomy on Sunday that will sideline him for the next 10 days to two weeks.

Torres, 32, has sprung up out of nowhere this season to provide a major spark atop the Giants’ lineup.  Through 479 at-bats, he owns a respectable .269/.346/.476 batting line, 14 home runs and 60 RBI.  He’s also swiped 23 bases, scored 81 runs, and he ranks second in the majors with 43 doubles.

Cody Ross could begin seeing regular playing time in Torres’ absence.  The 29-year-old Ross was claimed off waivers from the Marlins in late August but has made only 27 at-bats so far this season for San Francisco.

UPDATE:  Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle suspects that Torres is “likely done” for the rest of the regular season.

Long time NL umpire Dutch Rennert has died

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MLB.com reports that long time umpire Dutch Rennert has died at the age of 88.

Rennert retired as a National League umpire after the 1992 season, so a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see him. But believe me, if you got a chance to see him in action, you’d remember him. He had one of the most distinct strikeout calls in history. He’d go turn to the side, go down on one knee, point with purpose and bellow “STRIKE . . . ONNNNNNEEEEE!”

It was quite the scene, man:

 

I used to love it when Rennert called a game I was watching on TV. I always knew the count.

Rest in Peace, Dutch. I cannot vouch for the peace of whoever is on the cloud next to yours, though.