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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Angel Pagan, Brandon Belt, Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse


By on 9/16/2014 11:45:00 AM

Monday night's 6-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks sank the San Francisco Giants to four games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the NL West, but the Giants still have a 2.5 game lead over the other NL Wild Card contenders. As for injuries to key players that could affect regular and postseason results, there is good news and bad news, as we see below.

  • First baseman Brandon Belt, who missed a month with concussion symptoms, was activated from the 15-day DL. Manager Bruce Bochy has no immediate plan to start Belt in the lineup, but rather to use him as a left-handed bat off the bench, according to Henry Schulman of SFGate. Belt's line for 2014 is  .237/.296/.446 (OPS+ 110) with 11 homers and 24 RBI in 59 games. Belt was out for May and June due to surgery on his left thumb.
  • Outfielder Angel Pagan was a late scratch from Monday's game with back tightness. Pagan was on the DL from June 15 to August 7 with a bulging disc in his lower back. His line is .302/.342/.391 (OPS+ 111) with three homers and 27 RBI in 95 games. Pagan's health is a key to the Giants' success, writes Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com.
  • First baseman-outfielder Michael Morse took batting practice, reports Chris Haft of MLB.com. Bochy expects him to be ready by Friday’s opener in San Diego. Morse has missed the last 13 games with a strained left oblique. His line is .280/.338/.477 (OPS+ 132) with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 130 games. 
  • Third baseman Pablo Sandoval is dealing with a sore hip, according to Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News. Bochy said Sandoval had to get an adjustment before the game. Sandoval's line is .284/.331/.430 (OPS+ 117) with 16 homers and 69 RBI in 145 games. 
  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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