MRI Reveals Groin Strain For Giants’ Angel Pagan

By Bryan Rose

May 1, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (16) celebrates with third base coach Tim Flannery (1) after hitting a solo home run during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

During last evening’s tilt against the Philadelphia Phillies, Angel Pagan could be seen wincing at times, which didn’t sit well with the Giant faithful.

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.

Barry Zito will look to stop the bleeding as he’s countered by Phillies rookie arm Jonathan Pettibone, who comes into today’s start with a 3.24 ERA and two wins in three Major League starts.