SAN FRANCISCO – Outfielder Andres Torres could be looking at early playing time once the regular season hits.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are slated to start lefties Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-jin Ryu in the first two games of their season-opening series against the Giants next week, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged he’s inclined to start the right-handed hitting Torres in those two contests over lefty Gregor Blanco.
“I’ve been trying to get him in there against lefties,” Bochy said of Torres. “(But) I do like the way Blanco is swinging the bat in the last 10 days or so. He’s really come around.”
Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley typically would be taking the ball against the Giants in Game 2, but he’s being pushed back in the rotation because of a problem with the nail on his right index finger. That means Ryu gets the start.
Torres played left field in Thursday’s Bay Bridge Series opener against A’s left-hander Tommy Milone. He of course also played an integral part as the Giants’ leadoff man during their 2010 run to a World Series championship. He was traded to the New York Mets after the 2011 season in a deal that brought Angel Pagan to San Francisco. Pagan is now entrenched as the starting center fielder, with Torres fighting for time in a left-field platoon.
Another part of that trade to the Mets that netted Pagan, reliever Ramon Ramirez, rejoined the Giants on Thursday, signing a Triple-A contract one week after being released by San Francisco.
Ramirez made 58 appearances with the Mets last season and then signed with the Giants in February. He is with San Francisco for the Bay Bridge Series and then will report to Triple-A Fresno.