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San Francisco Giants’ Angel Pagan done for the year, will undergo back surgery

By Jacob Fagan

If the Giants want to make a run in the postseason and perhaps win their third title in five seasons, they will have do it without their starting center fielder Angel Pagan. According to Hank Schulman of SF Gate, Pagan is going to have back surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday and will be out for over three months. They hope he will be back in time for spring training.

This season, the Giants are 56-35 with Pagan starting and 29-36 when he isn’t. Man, just terrible timing and an immense loss to the Giants as they only have seven games left and are trying to chase the Dodgers for the division.

“You always held out hope with Angel that he would come back,” Bochy said to Schulman. “Now you know where you stand so you can move forward.”

The Giants are 56-35 with Pagan in the lineup this season, 29-36 without

Bochy wasn’t sure how bad the injury was, according to Schulman, but he did know that Pagan has a bulging disc that has caused nerve irritation and non-stop pain. Dr. Robert Watkins will perform the surgery.

“It’s just time to get something done,” Bochy explained to Schulman. “This thing has been nagging him for three or four months. It’s not getting better.”

Pagan was having a decent season hitting for a slash of .300/.342/.389 with 3 home runs, 27 runs batted in, 25 walks, 53 strikeouts, and an OPS of .731. He had an OPS+ of 110 and a WAR of 1.5 in 96 games. He has missed over 50 games with his back injury this season and missed over 80 games last year due to a torn hamstring.

The Giants are 3.5 games back of the Dodgers with two more head to head match ups. The Giants only have six games left, while the Dodgers have five remaining. San Francisco will have to win out in order to have a chance at winning the NL West, but are just a win and a Brewers loss away from clinching a wild card berth.