SAN FRANCISCO -- Andres Torres was already looking at a limited role in September, when the Giants will take an extended look at several young outfielders. Now the veteran might have not have an active role at all.

Torres was placed on the disabled list Thursday with a left Achilles strain and will see a specialist in North Carolina next week. He said he has had bone spurs in the foot since getting hurt in the second home game of the 2011 season. Torres has been playing through occasional soreness this year, but woke up in such discomfort Thursday that he called the staff early in the afternoon and said he wouldn't be playable.

"The foot has bothered me for a long time," he said. "Hopefully I can get this thing right."

Torres said surgery is an option and sounded resigned to the fact that his 2013 season may be over. But manager Bruce Bochy wasn't willing to go that far, saying the Giants would make a determination after Torres gets a second opinion next week. If Torres does return in September, Bochy said, he would do so in a pinch-hitting and pinch-running role.

Francisco Peguero was called up to take Torres' roster spot. Also Thursday, the Giants sent left-hander Mike Kickham back to Triple-A Fresno and recalled infielder Nick Noonan.

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