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Appendicitis. An unbelievable and tragic turn of events befell the Giants on Sunday, September 12.
As if the baseball Gods thought the Giants needed more adversity on their road to playoffs, centerfielder Andres Torres is rushed to the hospital to undergo an emergency appendectomy.
Torres is expected to miss 10-14 days after having this procedure done. His contributions this season have been immeasurable.
The looming question, who will take up the slack for Torres?
Aaron Roward has playoff experience, has been through a pennant push before. His diminished range on defense and lack of production at the plate are a major concern.
Cody Ross is another option, He has the youthful speed and range. When you consider his outfield counterparts in Guillen and Burrell, you at least need to have some wheels in your centerfielder.
Nate Schierholtz can probably do the job on defense, but his woes at the plate opens a gaping hole in the lineup.
Expect to see a heavy dose of Rowand and Ross in the outfield, where they actually bat in the lineup is an even bigger enigma.