Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Andres Torres (56) at the plate with St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) in the spring training game at Digital Domain Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
Andres Torres left Thursday's New York Mets game with a left calf injury.
Torres, the Mets' new center fielder and biggest addition to their lineup over the offseason, was chasing for a fly ball in center when he pulled up lame. David Lennon probably has it accurately pegged:
That's looking like a DL stint RT @MetsWFAN: Torres - strained left calf.— David Lennon (@DPLennon) April 5, 2012
Torres had calf problems last year with the San Francisco Giants, and they lingered all season. He's like a sports car that isn't meant for day-to-day use -- in the NFL-inspired 16-game baseball season, Andres Torres is king.
Scott Hairston replaced Torres in the game, and it's probably a safe bet to assume that he'll get a majority of the innings in center field for the next couple of weeks. If Torres does have to go on the DL, the Mets might turn to Kirk Nieuwenhuis, whose name I totally spelled from memory just now.