Is surgery the next option for Pagan?
Angel Pagan scored 95 runs and hit an MLB-best 15 triples last season. (AP IMAGES)
SAN FRANCISCO – Angel Pagan didn’t have a crutch under either arm as he walked into the Giants clubhouse Friday. He walked under his own power, with a bit of a limp.
But he had the markings of an injured player: The large manila envelope that typically contains MRI films.
[REWIND: Angel Pagan carted off field in Stockton]
Pagan felt more discomfort in his left hamstring just above the knee in his first rehab game for Single-A San Jose at Stockton Friday night, Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed. The club would have no further details until after Pagan meets with doctors shortly before game time.
If Pagan has surgery, he would be out roughly six to eight weeks. Pagan was leaning toward surgery earlier this month before agreeing to a platelet-rich plasma injection instead.
The Giants are missing more than their center fielder and leadoff man, who scored 95 runs last year – quite a feat since the club hit the fewest home runs in the major leagues. That means Pagan was A.) getting on base enough and B.) scoring from second base on singles, scoring from first on doubles, etc. He also led the major leagues with 15 triples last season.
In other words, the Giants will miss his presence – less so on defense, where he might be the fourth best center fielder on the club, but definitely atop the order.
This was a risk the Giants took when they signed Pagan to a four-year, $40 million contract. He had played more than 125 games just twice in his career.
Bochy made it clear that Pagan had passed all the tests before heading out on his minor league rehab assignment.
“At some point, a player needs to start his rehab,” Bochy said. “He wanted to go. He was ready. He’d run curves and run the bases. … We’re hoping for good news.”