After missing two games with what was determined as a “mild” hamstring issue, Pagan returned to the lineup last night and went 0-3 and coupled with his grimaces of pain, many expected that he had aggravated the injury.
A morning MRI reveled Pagan’s source of discomfort, though, it wasn’t from the hamstring issue that the Giants’ medical staff assumed had plagued him days earlier. An apparent strain of his groin “area” (as John Shea put it) seemed to be the reason Pagan’s uncomfortableness, but the strain isn’t expected to last long.
Pagan lobbied with Giants skipper Bruce Bochy to play in today’s afternoon game but the manager opted to keep Pagan as a reverse, hoping an additional day of rest would do the Giants’ leadoff bat some good. He’s expected to play tomorrow when the Giants welcome the Atlanta Braves to town.
The Giants will look to avoid a sweep today as they’ve dropped two in a row to Philadelphia, this after winning their previous six games.