Pagan Expected Back Sept. 1

By Melissa Felkins

Good news for Giants fans. Angel Pagan is progressing well with his hamstring injury, has resumed baseball activities, and is expected to be back in San Francisco by September 1, according to Alex Espinoza at The thought of Pagan back in the lineup, batting leadoff, and playing center field is a sigh of relief. It isn’t likely to change the Giants chances of a playoff run, but it may help win a few of those 1 run games they have a tendency to lose lately.

May 25, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (16) scores the winning run after hitting an inside-the-park homerun in the bottom of the tenth inning against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park.

Pagan as been out of the lineup since May 25th, the night he hit a rare inside-the-park homerun (VIDEO) at AT&T Park against the Rockies. Initially, Pagan and the Giants had hoped it was a minor strain, but after some setbacks in his rehab assignments, surgery was needed, prompted a longer than desired DL stint.

Bruce Bochy recently pulled Gregor Blanco and Andres Torres from the leadoff position due to them hitting a combined .086 since the All-Star Break. After a couple days of changing it up, Marco Scutaro managed a 3-hit day, so it looks as if he’ll probably remain there at least until Pagan is ready to return.