SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Giants outfielder Andres Torres won’t play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and will be sidelined for at least a week because of a strained oblique.
The Giants made the announcement Thursday, a day after he got hurt during a swing and had an MRI.
The 35-year-old Torres helped San Francisco win the World Series in 2010 and rejoined the Giants in December.
Meanwhile, left-hander Jose Mijares, who was to play for Venezuela, will miss the WBC due to soreness in his pitching elbow. He gave up two runs in an inning Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels.
Giants fall behind Cain: Jon Garland pitched for the first time in nearly 20 months, Franklin Gutierrez and Nick Franklin hit home runs and the Seattle Mariners won their sixth straight, beating the Giants 4-3.
Giants ace Matt Cain lasted three innings, giving up three runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out two.
“Everything felt good,” Cain said. “I was inconsistent with my location. I was a little bit out of rhythm and I’ll need to work on that.”
Brandon Belt had two hits, including a homer, and scored a pair of runs for the Giants, who are winless in their last five games. Brandon Crawford and Cole Gillespie also drove in runs.
Around the diamond: Giants manager Bruce Bochy wrote a lineup that included most of his Opening Day starters, including Cain. He cited the loss of several players to the World Baseball Classic this weekend as the reason. ... Left-hander Madison Bumgarner will make his second start of the spring for the Giants against the A’s today. He will be opposed by A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker. ... The Giants played to a tie in each of their previous three games and all six games have been decided by three runs or less.