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Monday, July 28, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Angel Pagan, Brandon Belt, Joe Panik

By on 7/28/2014 01:00:00 PM

San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan could begin a Minor League rehab assignment this week and return to the big club before or soon into the Giants' next road trip, which begins on Friday, August 1. In addition, first baseman Brandon Belt is showing signs of progress from his concussion on July 19, and second baseman Joe Panik has recovered from his ankle sprain and will play Monday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Angel Pagan's Ryan Hood reports that Pagan has started running and taking live batting practice. He has recovered enough from his back problems (bulging discs) to possibly begin a Minor League rehab assignment this week. Manager Bruce Bochy, though, has not specified a date or place for the assignment to begin. Word could come out Monday or Tuesday according to Bochy:
"At that point [Monday or Tuesday], he could be really close, if not ready, to start playing some games.

Brandon Belt

Hood also noted that Belt's stint on the seven-day concussion list is retroactive to July 20, which means Belt could return any day. However, he has not received clearance to perform any baseball activities. It could take a few more days for him to completely recover, but he has started showing signs of progress. Bochy will have him reevaluated when Belt no longer feels the effects of the blow to his head on July 19.

Joe Panik

Mercury News' Alex Pavlovic announced Sunday night Bochy's plan to reinsert Panik into Monday night's lineup against the Pirates.
Panik missed the Saturday and Sunday games against the Dodgers because of a mild ankle sprain. He pinch hit successfully on Friday for his only at bat since turning his ankle on July 22. Our own Jacob Fagan brought the details of the injury. Since joining the Giants, Panik has hit .222 with 4 RBI in 21 games.

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