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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Angel Pagan MRI shows inflamed back

By on 6/19/2014 11:30:00 AM

Angel Pagan was out of the lineup for the third straight game Wednesday in a loss to the White Sox and has left Chicago for Arizona for further evaluation on his back, according to Alex Pavlovic of The San Jose Mercury News. He has been out with back tightness and an MRI showed inflammation in his back. He could see time on the disabled list.

Gregor Blanco replaced Pagan in the lineup and reached base three times against the tough lefty Chris Sale. Two lefties have hits against Sale this year and Blanco is one of them, with two hits.

Pagan has missed time this season due to hamstring, shoulder, knee, and now back issues. He has still played 63 games while having a line of .307/.356/.411 with 3 home runs, 19 RBI, 19 walks, 29 strikeouts, 11 stolen bases, and a .767 OPS.

In 2013, Pagan had a slash of .282/.334/.414/.749 with 5 home runs, 30 RBI, 44 runs, 36 strikeouts, and 23 walks in 71 games. He tore his hamstring while hustling around the bases on a walk-off inside-the-park home run in June.

The Giants have lost 8 of 9 and are free falling. They are only 4 games up after Clayton Kershaw threw an impressive no-hitter Wednesday night to inch the Dodgers closer. San Francisco will have the day off Thursday and start a three game series in Arizona on Friday.

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