Pagan hurts hand with frustration punch, Huff reinjures knee

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Pagan hurts hand with frustration punch, Huff reinjures knee

SAN FRANCISCO How frustrating was the Giants 8-7,10-inning slopfest of a loss to the New York Mets on Monday night

It claimed Angel Pagans right hand, too.

Pagan was replaced to start the seventh inning because hebruised his right hand while punching something in frustration, Giants managerBruce Bochy said.

He snapped after one at-bat, Bochy said of Pagan, whostruck out twice and angrily flipped his bat after hitting a fly out rightfield. I dont know what he hit. Well check on him tomorrow.

Pagan did not go for X-rays and its believed the injury isnot serious.

The center fielder is hitting .210 with a .244 on-basepercentage and no home runs in July, and he clearly isnt happy about it. Hegot ejected for arguing the strike zone on the last road trip after battlingwith umpires for several games prior to that.

With Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list, the Giants continueto bat Pagan fifth to protect Buster Posey in the lineup.

Aubrey Huffcould be headed back to the disabled list as well after reinjuring his kneewhile running down the line on a potential double-play grounder that the Metsbotched. Huff, who was pinch hitting for Madison Bumgarner, was removed for apinch runner (Matt Cain).

Ill have more for you tomorrow,Bochy said. Thats a concern. He wasnt getting down the line good. He hurthis knee again. Well see what were going to do there.

Huff injured his knee when he fell while trying to jump overthe dugout rail to celebrate Cains perfect game on June 13.

We'll see if the Giants make a trade or two ahead of Tuesday's 1 p.m. (PDT) non-waiver deadline that would necessitate freeing up a roster space with Huff.

Giants avoid arbitration with Nunez, Smith, Kontos

Giants avoid arbitration with Nunez, Smith, Kontos

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants avoided arbitration with three more veterans on Friday, agreeing to one-year deals with third baseman Eduardo Nuñez, left-hander Will Smith and right-hander George Kontos.

Financial details were not immediately available. MLB Trade Rumors' projections put Nuñez at about $4.4 million, Smith at about $2.3 million, and Kontos at about $1.7 million. The Giants reached deals with all six arbitration eligible players this offseason. 

Nunez, acquired last summer, will enter camp as the starter at third base. He posted a .269/.327/.418 slash line and 12 stolen bases after coming over from the Twins.

Smith was also acquired before the trade deadline, and he had a 2.95 ERA in 26 appearances for the Giants. He is expected to play a pivotal role in setting up for new closer Mark Melancon. 

Kontos has long been Bruce Bochy's most reliable reliever in the middle innings and he could move to a higher-leverage role in a revamped bullpen. He had a 2.53 ERA in 2016, his fifth season with the Giants.

The Giants had previously reached one-year deals with Cory Gearrin, Ehire Adrianza and Conor Gillaspie. They have not gone to an arbitration hearing since 2004, when a deal could not be reached with A.J. Pierzynski. 
 

Giants Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry: Enshrine Bonds, not Rose

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Giants Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry: Enshrine Bonds, not Rose

MLB Hall-of-Famer and two-time Cy Young winner Gaylord Perry believes home run king Barry Bonds will eventually be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. 

"I think he’ll get in eventually," Perry said, according to USA Today. "If you have a player like that, pretty soon, you put him in."

Perry, 78, was infamous for doctoring baseballs on the mound and throwing a spitball. Author of 314 career wins over a 22-year season, Perry was inducted into Cooperstown in 1991. His No. 36 is one of 10 numbers retired by the Giants. 

But Perry doesn't feel the same about hit king Pete Rose.

"Pete did the worst thing possible, worse than steroids," Perry said. "He put money on games, win or lose. He’s paying the price."

Bonds, 52, was a seven-time MVP, a 14-time All-Star, a 12-time Silver Slugger, an eight-time Gold Glover. He owns the most home runs (762), the most walks (2,558) and the most intentional walks (688) in MLB history.

Rose, 75, was Rookie of the Year, MVP and a 17-time All-Star. He owns the most games (3,562), plate appearances (15,890), at-bats (14,053), and hits (4,256) in MLB history.