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PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 23: Andres Torres #56 of the San Francisco Giants kneels at first after diving back to first base for a single against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 23, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Andres Torres
You may have forgotten in all of the San Francisco Giants' pennant euphoria that Andres Torres had to leave the game in the ninth inning of Saturday night's pennant-clinching win. The Giants' leadoff batter injured his hip and groin diving toward first base on a bunt attempt.
The injury was not so bad that it kept Torres out of the Giants' post-game champagne celebrations. And it looks like it won't keep Torres out of Wednesday night's Game 1 of the World Series either.
Manager Bruce Bochy won't release the starting lineup until sometime in the afternoon on game day, so we will have to see if the team thinks he's ready.
The infield dirt you frequently see all over Torres' chest is no accident. The guy loves to plow head-first into a base bag, and he led the Giants in stolen bases this season. The effort and his good nature makes him a fan favorite. He is also a special guy on a team level having won this year's Willie Mac award. His fans would point out his hitting slump surrounded an emergency appendectomy in mid-September down in Los Angeles.
Torres had been batting a disappointing 3-for-26 in the postseason, until Bochy moved him to his regular spot of leadoff batter in the Giants' order
Batting leadoff, Torres went a torrid 6-for-10 with two walks and two RBIs.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who calls in sick during Giants games, claiming he suffers from "Torres Syndrome".