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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Angel Pagan to see specialist

By on 7/02/2014 11:00:00 AM

Center fielder Angel Pagan was supposed to return from the disabled list Tuesday, but instead he is flying to Los Angeles to see back specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins, according to Henry Schulman of SF Gate. He sustained a setback in his recovery from a bulging disk in his lower back.

Last season, Pagan was sidelined with a hamstring injury for weeks, but after experiencing a setback in Fresno during rehab, he ended up missing more than two months and by the time he got back the race was over. The Dodgers dominated the division.

“I hope he [Watkins] has great news for me,” Pagan said. “I don’t think surgery is one of the options.” He told Schulman it is “the last thing on my mind.”

This is a huge problem for the Giants, because it seems like they just lose focus and games when he is out. Since Pagan has joined San Francisco in 2012, they are 156-116 with him in the lineup and 59-74 without. Astonishing.

Pagan was running during his last stage of rehab Tueaday when he felt something in his back and felt another sensation down his leg. It’s a sciatic condition that has not responded to rest, medication, injections, and other treatment.

I reported on June 19 that he had inflammation in his back and he hasn’t played since. The night before he made a huge mental error in the ninth inning to let the Rockies come back and win the game. 

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.

As the Giants ended June, they had lost the National League West division lead to the Dodgers, who were out 9.5 games early June. San Francisco did win Tuesday night while Los Angeles lost to the Indians, so the Giants are back in front by half a game.

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