The injuries are slowly starting to pile up for the Giants.
Andres Torres, who was supposed to play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, will not be able to play due to a strained oblique.
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday that Torres aggravated the injury while swinging at a changeup. Schulman also notes that Torres is disappointed that he won’t be able to represent his country in the WBC, but didn’t fight the urge to push his oblique.
Torres figures to be Gregor Blanco’s platoon partner in left field for the Giants, but could work his way into a full-time job if he’s able to hit both right and left-handed pitching effectively.
Jose Mijares will also miss the WBC due to an injury. According to ESPN, Mijares has soreness in his pitching elbow after yielding two runs in an inning against the Angels on Wednesday.
Mijares was slated to pitch for Venezuela, but he will rest his elbow. Schulman reports that Mijares had an MRI today, and the results will be released tomorrow.
Should Mijares miss an extended period of time, Dan Runzler’s chances of making the roster spike dramatically.