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Giants Injury Update: Angel Pagan, Michael Morse may miss Dodgers series

By on 9/21/2014 09:00:00 AM

With a 3-1/2 game deficit and only a week left in the season, now is not the time for the San Francisco Giants to lose two key players. However, that may happen as center fielder Angel Pagan and first-baseman/left-fielder Michael Morse could both sit out the crucial three-game series with the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers that begins Monday in L.A.

Angel Pagan's Chris Haft reported Saturday that Pagan has back stiffness that has hindered his recent play. Pagan sat out Saturday's game with the San Diego Padres, and the Giants expect him to miss the next four games according to the Giants Injury Report Sunday morning. If Pagan is able to return sooner, then he certainly will. In the meantime, Juan Perez and Gary Brown could both get time in center field in Pagan's absence.

Manager Bruce Bochy noted that Pagan will see team orthopedist Ken Akizuki to determine the extent of the problem and how long Pagan will need to heal. Pagan is the Giants' lead-off hitter, one very difficult to replace. He is hitting .300 and on base at .342 in 96 games.

Michael Morse

Haft added that Morse will also most likely sit out the entire Dodgers series because of a strained left oblique. Morse played Friday night for the first time since August 31. He hit twice but re-aggravated the strain, so he will need more time to rest and heal. Meanwhile, Gregor Blanco will likely play left field in Morse's place while Brandon Belt takes first base.

When healthy, Morse is a legitimate power threat. He is hitting .279 with 16 HR and 61 RBI in 131 games.

Haft also noted that Bochy discussed the possibility of playing Belt in left field for the first time in two years. This is not the time to experiment, but with two key players out for the big upcoming N.L. West showdown, Bochy must find a formula that works -- and fast.

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