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Friday, July 18, 2014

Giants Injury Upate: Angel Pagan will not return before August

By on 7/18/2014 07:00:00 PM

San Francisco Giants outfielder and leadoff hitter Angel Pagan will not see the field for the big league club until after July, Bochy said to Steve Berman of Bay Area Sports Guy. Pagan has been dealing with lower back issues that include nerve problems and side soreness.

Pagan last played on June 14 and the Giants are known to be much better with him in the lineup. Since he has gone out the Giants have lost their lead to the Dodgers and have been historically bad through the past month. Alex Pavlovic of The San Jose Mercury said:

“The Giants don’t expect to have Angel Pagan back for a while. Pagan still is not swinging a bat, Bochy said, and is only running and doing other conditioning work at the team’s facility in Scottsdale. Pagan is still recovering from an epidural in his lower back, and the Giants will be without him for the rest of the month, at the very least.”

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 start a seven game road trip Friday in Miami where Madson Bumgarner (10-7, 3.47 ERA) and Nathan Eovaldi (5-4, 3.61 ERA) will square off.

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