SF Giants Prospects

Back surgery more likely for Angel Pagan

By Nick Vezmar

Sep 7, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder

Angel Pagan

(16) hits an RBI single in the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

After a brutal sweep from the Padres, the Giants had more salt poured in their late-season wound. After Pagan cleared his MRI, recent reports indicate that not only does he have a bulging disc but spinal stenosis as well.

The Giants are trying to determine whether to go with surgery or pursue other treatments for Angel Pagan. As of this afternoon, there was no set solution in place, however surgery seems more likely after reviewing all of the film of Pagan’s back. As reported by Giants’ insider Andrew Baggarly:

Pagan is owed another $21.5 million before his contract is up in 2016, so I can only imagine the Giants are trying to do whatever they can to get him right. As with any back problem though, there is not a simple fix that will get him back to 100% in a limited amount of time.

With 6 games left to go after tonight’s game against the Dodgers, given the severity of Pagan’s injury, it is not likely that he will eclipse 100 games this season. If that is the case, that would make the fifth season, not including the season he was called up, that Pagan has played less than 100 games in a season.