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Appendix sidelines key Giants outfielder

SAN DIEGO — Giants OF Andres Torres had an appendectomy Sunday and is expected to be out for 10 to 14 days.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Torres was to have a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure.

It's a big blow for the Giants, who are chasing the Padres in the NL West and have come to rely on Torres at all three outfield spots.

"These things happen. You hate to see it," Bochy said Sunday. "I feel terrible for Andre, with the year he's having and what a great job he's done, but we have depth here. These guys need to see it's a great opportunity, and you have to move on. That's what we're going to do here. It's a good club with a lot of depth. Right now, it's coming in handy."

Despite a 5-for-47 slump in his past 12 games, Torres, 32, has been one of San Francisco's best hitters. He's batting .269 with a .346 on-base percentage and a .476 slugging percentage and has a team-high 23 stolen bases in 30 attempts.

In other Giants news, RHP Tim Lincecum became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to strike out at least 200 in three straight seasons. He joined Hall of Famers Juan Marichal, Christy Mathewson and Amos Rusie.

TORRE KNOCKS UMPS: A day after being ejected from a game, Dodgers manager Joe Torre told ESPN.com that umpires have become too quick with ejections, especially of players.

"I think sometimes they misread a lot of stuff that players do," Torre said. "They take it as showing them up. I don't think umpires take into consideration the passion (players have) in how they respond to players and how quickly they eject players."

UMP OUT: Umpire Angel Campos had an emergency appendectomy after being scratched from Saturday night's Twins-Indians game.

BLUE JAYS: RHP Kyle Drabek, the son of former Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek and the key prospect in the December trade that sent RHP Roy Halladay to the Phillies, was recalled from Double-A New Hampshire and is set to make his debut at Baltimore on Wednesday.

INDIANS: Former Rays RHP Mitch Talbot left his start after 14 pitches with shoulder inflammation.

MARLINS: RHP Josh Johnson will miss a second start with right shoulder inflammation and a strained mid-back and could be shut down for the season.

METS: CF Carlos Beltran was back in the lineup after missing a game with left knee tendinitis.

PADRES: INF Jerry Hairston was activated from the 15-day disabled list. He went on the DL Aug. 28 with a strained right elbow.

RANGERS: Manager Ron Washington told MLB.com that it's up to OF Josh Hamilton when he'll return to the lineup after missing eight games with bruised left ribs. An MRI exam revealed only bruising, and all X-rays have come back negative.

REDS: RF Jay Bruce, out since Aug.  30 with a sore right side, is expected to return to the lineup this week, possibly as early as Tuesday.

ROCKIES: C Chris Iannetta left the game against the Diamondbacks with a right calf strain.

YANKEES: C Jorge Posada and SS Derek Jeter were back in the lineup, and 3B Alex Rodriguez, RF Nick Swisher and LF Brett Gardner were out. Manager Joe Girardi said he was giving Rodriguez a rest after consecutive losses that ended well after midnight. Gardner is out with a sore wrist. Swisher was a late scratch because of a recurring problem with a bone bruise on his left knee caused by a foul ball.

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