ATLANTA – The Giants medical team presented Angel Pagan with the option to undergo surgery on his ailing left hamstring, but the center fielder instead decided to get a platelet-rich plasma injection in a bid to speed up the healing process.
Pagan still isn’t sure when he’ll come off the disabled list, but he’ll need a minor league rehab assignment before he is activated.
And surgery hasn’t been completely shelved, either.
“Well, I don’t know if it ever comes off the table until the player is playing again,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “But he’s doing better with the treatment he’s gotten.”
Pagan had the PRP injection last Sunday in Arizona. Prior to that, he had a cortisone shot in the hamstring that helped to alleviate inflammation but was unable to prevent him from going on the DL.
“We’ve got the inflammation down but whatever was hurt was still there,” said Pagan, who hasn’t played since his inside-the-park home run delivered the Giants a walk-off win May 25. He injured the hamstring earlier in the game running in the outfield.
“This (PRP shot) helps the process of healing. The other option I have is surgery and I’m not going that route.”
Surgery would have required a 6-to-8 week recovery time, Bochy said.
"As far as I know it's not torn," Pagan said, when asked about his hamstring tendon. "It just hurts."
Pagan ran for the third consecutive day and tested his hamstring by running curves; he said he wouldn’t have a return date in mind until after he can run the bases and make sharp cuts without pain – something he was unable to do when he tried it last weekend.
“In terms of when I’m going to play, it’s too early,” Pagan said. “But it’s better than I thought. … I’m very optimistic I’ll be in the lineup soon. That’s what I’m working for. When, I don’t know.”
Pagan wouldn’t require a long minor league rehab, likely with Single-A San Jose. Just 10 to 15 at-bats should suffice, Bochy said.
“And hopefully we’re not in a position where we’ll have to speed that up,” Bochy said.
Pablo Sandoval (strained foot) continues to do baseball work along with conditioning drills. He’s on schedule to come off the DL June 24 when the Giants begin their next road trip at Dodger Stadium. Sandoval is “doubtful” to need a minor league rehab assignment, Bochy said.
Marco Scutaro’s status won’t be known until he returns to AT&T Park on Monday and tries to hit with a custom orthotic splint for his injured left pinky finger. Tony Abreu will continue to be the primary starting second baseman while Scutaro is out, although Bochy is going with the “two on, one off game plan” in an effort not to overtax the switch hitter’s knee.
Abreu arrived at the ballpark and said he had some mild soreness in the knee, but he’s available off the bench. Nick Noonan gets the start against Julio Teheran, a right-handed pitcher.