Torres off for second opinion, hopes to avoid surgery
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Andres Torres hit the 15-day disabled list with a strained left Achilles on Thursday afternoon, but he's hoping the injury that's been bothering him for years won't end his 2013 campaign with the Giants.

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At the suggestion of head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner, Torres is expected to travel to North Carolina next week to visit a renowned foot specialist, Dr. Robert Anderson, for a second opinion.

"I know I have bone spurs, but I might have something else," Torres said Thursday. "It's been bothering me for a long time. It's been hurting me."

The speedster who played Gold Glove caliber defense in center field and provided a spark atop the lineup for the 2010 World Series run hasn't been his old self.

"I need to be 100 percent to play this game," he acknowledged.

And Torres hasn't been 100 percent since he originally injured his foot in early 2011. But he doesn't want his season -- and possibly his Giants career -- to end prematurely, as he is trying to rehab through the pain.

"Hopefully I can avoid surgery," Torres said. "That's the last option. Get the bone spur out."

It's unclear if Torres will be able to rejoin the Giants this season, but if he does, his contributions will be limited.

"To be honest," Bruce Bochy said Thursday. "His role would be a pinch hitter or pinch runner, making a few spot starts. We're in no rush to get Andres back."

Torres, who acknowledged that his defense and left-handed pop have suffered since his injury, wants to make the best decision for himself and for his team.

"I respect this organization," Torres said of the Giants, who have acquired him twice in his career. "I really care."

His body language and facial expressions made it clear that he was being truthful.

Torres signed a one-year, $2 million contract for the 2013 season and will become a free agent when it's over.

"Age doesn't matter," Torres said. "I'm in great condition. I just have to get this right."