SF Giants Prospects

No timetable for Angel Pagan return

By Melissa Felkins

It’s the last day of baseball before the All-Star Break and things aren’t looking too much better for the San Francisco Giants as Bruce Bochy shared that there really isn’t a timetable for the return of Angel Pagan, according to Alex Pavlovic. June 14th was the last game Pagan played, which was dead smack in the middle of the tailspin that June sent the Giants into. It’s clear that the Giants need Pagan healthy, as evidenced by this season and last season, in which Pagan spent most of the season on this disabled list. The Giants just simply play better (and win more) when a healthy Angel Pagan is hitting leadoff for this team.

That doesn’t mean the Giants aren’t optimistic. Bochy also said they’re hoping a few days after the All-Star Break, according to Ryan Hood of MLB.com. Given that Pagan hasn’t taken a swing yet during his rehab time, I personally think Bochy has been spending too much time with Tim Lincecum.

Pagan has been out since mid-June with a back injury and so far, nothing has seemed to bring neither him, nor Giants fans, less pain.

"Pagan said before visiting the specialist that he’s had what felt like a bulging disk in his back that is pinching a nerve and causing pain in his legs. He’s had multiple injections, but nothing has brought relief.Pagan is batting .307 with three home runs and 19 RBIs in 63 games this season. – Giants hope to get Pagan back shortly after break, Ryan Hood"

Hold on tight, Giants fans. A healthy Pagan is the only thing that will keep this team in the pennant race unless Brian Sabean goes out for a big move before the trade deadline. Hopefully Pagan will be back soon and the team will have time to evaluate him before the deadline approaches. Personally, if he’s hurt bad, I’d put him on the 60-day DL, open up a roster spot, make a move, and try to stay neck and neck with the Dodgers for the remainder of the season.

Fans are certainly missing their Angel in the outfield.