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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Angel Pagan will have back surgery, will not return

By on 9/23/2014 09:00:00 PM

The San Francisco Giants have announced that center fielder and lead-off hitter Angel Pagan will undergo back surgery this Thursday, making him unable to return to the lineup. Pagan will miss the remainder of the season and the entire postseason. The San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman reported the news Tuesday evening.

In his Tuesday evening blog post, Schulman relayed Giants manager Bruce Bochy's comments that the surgery will occur Thursday. Pagan last played on September 19 but left after two at bats. That was the first game he had played in five days because of back stiffness that has followed him throughout the season.

Schulman quoted Bochy discussing the injury and how he plans to deal with it. Basically, Bochy knows to keep working toward his goal of another World Series title. Said Bochy,
It’s just time to get something done. This thing has been nagging him for three or four months. It’s not getting better.... You have to deal with this. Injuries are part of the game. The important thing for us is to do what we normally do when something like this happens. Don’t talk bout it. Don’t dwell on it. Focus on what we need to do.”
Schulman notes that Pagan has a bulging disc that "has caused nerve irritation and thus debilitating pain" and needs repairing. The surgery should take care of the problem. Doctors expect Pagan to take three months to fully recover, which means he should report to Spring Training on time in February.

Pagan ends his season with a line of .300/.342/.389, 3 HR, 27 RBI, and 16 SB. His back problems held him to only 96 games.

Gregor Blanco will continue to play center field and lead off. Blanco may not provide the same spark that Pagan does, but he can do the job well. Blanco has hit .260/.337/.378 with 5 HR, 37 RBI, and 16 SB in 141 games. He has spilt his time between left and center fields, playing nearly even numbers of games in each position. Schulman says that Juan Perez, Chris Dominguez, and Travis Ishikawa will also play in the outfield as Michael Morse is still out.

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