Sep 10, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielderAngel Pagan
(16) between pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
A little over a week since his 4-for-5 performance, Angel Pagan has missed the last three games with a lingering back issue. It all started with a late scratch on Monday night’s game, followed by an irritated and impatient Bruce Bochy on Tuesday and then some good news today.
MLB.com reports that Pagan’s MRI did not show any new injuries, and he plans on returning to the lineup by the weekend. There is no doubt that Pagan was missed in this recent series, although the Giants managed to win 2 out of the 3 games from the Diamondbacks.
Michael Morse is frustrated with Oblique Injury
After taking batting practice today, Michael Morse was unable to get good swings going. Unfortunately, it does not seem that there is much improvement with the injury, as reported by Giants’ Insider Andrew Baggarly:
This is not the first time Morse has dealt with a nagging injury, as the 32 year old outfielder has dealt with a slew of injuries in season’s previous. The hope is that he improves in time for the last week of the season, but the outlook is not looking too good.
Brandon Belt made an appearance in today’s win over Diamondbacks
The Giants’ first baseman was activated today after experiencing difficulties with a concussion. Rather than putting him in the lineup, Brandon Belt was called upon in the 9th to pinch hit for Juan Perez. He took a walk in his first plate appearance in over a month.
Belt is a welcome addition to the lineup, as the Giants have been missing their regular first baseman and have been forced to platoon for the time being. Reports indicate that Belt will be ready to start a game by the beginning of next week, if not this weekend.