Former Giants outfielder Andres Torres was greeted with a standing ovation when he stepped to the plate in his first at-bat of the Mets' series in San Francisco. He acknowledged the crowd with a tip of his cap.
It's a good thing the he was recognized in the early innings of the Giants's extra-innings loss on Monday, because he might not make another appearance in the series after injuring his right thumb in the top of the fifth inning Monday.
Torres' ground ball to the right side pulled Brandon Belt away from the bag, resulting in a foot race between Torres and Madison Bumgarner. Torres was safe after attempting a late slide, but it resulted in a tangle with Bumgarner that left the speedy Met on his hands and knees -- injured -- and Bumgarner standing over him.
Torres remained in the game for the time being, but when Bumgarner was replaced by right-handed pitching Sergio Romo, Torres had to be pinch hit for, as his hand would not allow him to swing from the left side.
"It was really numb. And then it was still sore," Torres was quoted. "And I tried to hit left-handed, but I couldn't. I got X-rays. I have to wait and see. I hope it's not that bad."
X-rays were taken after the game and came back negative. But MRI results were reportedly sent back to New York to be further examined as the team fears tendon or ligament damage.
Torres, who is not available Tuesday, is replaced by Jordany Valdespin in center field.
The former Giant finished Monday's game 2-for-3, and is batting .237 in 76 games for the Mets this year.
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Torres, 34, hit .252 with 26 home runs and 51 stolen bases over three seasons with the Giants. His most productive MLB season came in 2010, when he hit .268 with 16 home runs and 26 stolen bases, helping the Giants to a World Series victory.