Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7
Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News confirmed Angel Pagan's return to the Giants lineup:
Susac catches Peavy: Pagan CF, Pence RF, Posey 1B, Sandoval 3B, Morse LF, Panik 2B, Crawford SS, Susac C, Peavy RHP— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) August 7, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5
Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News provides good news on when Angel Pagan will likely return to the Giants lineup:
Angel Pagan will head to Milwaukee tomorrow, should be back in Giants lineup on Thursday.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) August 5, 2014
Updates from Thursday, July 24
Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News reported the latest in Angel Pagan's rehab:
Bochy pre-game: Righetti back with team tomorrow ... Pagan took more swings yesterday, feels better ... Belt OK to fly back with team— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) July 24, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, July 22
Jayson Stark of ESPN reported on Angel Pagan's recovery:
Bochy also reported Angel Pagan (back) was able to hit off tee from both sides yesterday. Called it "step in the right direction."— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 22, 2014
Updates from Sunday, July 20
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com provides an updated timetable for when fans could expect Angel Pagan to be activated from the disabled list:
Pagan still hasn't swung a bat in AZ. Almost no chance he returns before August. Scutaro has a stiff neck and is day to day.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) July 18, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 2
The Associated Press reported the latest on Pagan:
Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is scheduled to be examined by a specialist in Los Angeles after having a setback in his recovery from a back injury.
Pagan was eligible to come off the disabled list before the Giants opened a three-game series against St. Louis on Tuesday night. He says he was running Monday when a "minor setback" occurred. He will see a specialist Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Pagan says he has a bulging disk in his back that is pinching a nerve and causing pain in his legs. He says he's had multiple injections, but nothing is bringing relief. Pagan says surgery is not an option right now and he's seeking a better plan from doctors.
Updates from Sunday, June 29
Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area provides details on Angel Pagan's potential return to the Giants' lineup:
Angel Pagan's rest time is over. He's working out, has a bat in his hands. Giants hope to have him back Tuesday.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) June 29, 2014
The San Francisco Giants placed outfielder Angel Pagan on the disabled list Wednesday afternoon after the veteran had been dealing with a nagging back injury.
The Giants' Twitter account announced the official news:
Adam Duvall recalled from triple-A Fresno. Angel Pagan placed on the DL. #SFGiants— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) June 25, 2014
Manager Bruce Bochy spoke about Pagan's injury status, per freelance journalist Manolo Hernandez Douen:
"He was not coming around": Bruce Bochy on Angel Pagán's back strain/nerve irritation. "This gives him another five days or so". #SFGiants— manolo hernandez d. (@beisbolporgotas) June 25, 2014
Last season, Pagan played in just 71 games due to a hamstring injury that sidelined him near the end of June.
Pagan, 32, has been out of the lineup since June 14 with the back injury and missed eight straight games. He's hitting .307 through 63 games to go along with three home runs and 19 RBI.
As the Giants mentioned in the announcement, Fresno Grizzlies third baseman Adam Duvall has been called up to replace Pagan on the roster. San Francisco also shares some numbers on the prospect:
Bochy spoke about his plans for the young prospect during his call-up, per Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News:
Can the Giants maintain their lead in the NL West without Pagan?
"We’ll work him in,” Bochy said. “We think he can contribute in some way. I don’t care where you are, that’s a lot of homers. We saw him in spring training and that’s easy power."
Without Pagan in the lineup over the last eight games, the franchise has clearly struggled. While the Giants still currently hold a three-game lead in the National League West, they have lost eight of their last 10 games.
Hoping to salvage a game against the San Diego Padres after losing the first two contests, the Giants will then host the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals over the next two series. Both teams are battling in a tight NL Central race and will be daunting tasks for the Giants without Pagan.
If Duvall can produce some instant offense, the call-up might be one that helps San Francisco. But without Pagan in the lineup, the team is missing a spark plug that can change a game with his bat and speed.
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