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Apr 25, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (16) singles in the eleventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Giants defeated the Rockies 5-4 in extra innings. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Angel Pagan’s nagging back flares up
Injuries have dogged Angel Pagan in his last couple seasons with the Giants—none more serious than the back issues that sidelined him for half of 2014 (if you count the playoffs).
With that in mind, you can’t help but tense up when you hear “Pagan” and “back” in the same sentence, which is exactly what happened after the center fielder prematurely exited the team’s 11-2 win on Saturday. The official diagnosis:
As Shea noted, Bruce Bochy didn’t seem too worried about it, though he did hold Pagan out of the lineup on Sunday.
With the need to find Gregor Blanco and Justin Maxwell at-bats, this injury comes at a good time for San Francisco. At the same time, it’s a little disheartening to essentially swap one of your top hitters (Pagan) for another (Pence).
Back spasms can be tricky business, so expect the Giants to err on the side of caution and give Pagan more time off this week if he needs it.
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