Bochy trying to 'steer clear of a couple guys' in the bullpen.
Angel Pagan already was leaning toward hamstring surgery before agreeing last week to try to platelet-rich plasma injection. (AP IMAGES)
SAN FRANCISCO – There’s a strong chance Angel Pagan is headed for surgery to repair a hamstring tendon just above his left knee. But at least the Giants won’t make it a 2-for-1 special with Andres Torres.
After a trip to the X-ray room, Torres was diagnosed with a contusion on his right knee after slamming it into the dirt while trying to stretch a double in the sixth inning Friday night. He was relieved that he didn’t sustain a fractured patella and hoped to return in short order – perhaps even in time to be available Saturday afternoon.
It was the only bit of good news after the Giants bullpen stepped in it again, giving up three runs in the eighth inning of a 6-3 loss to the Miami Marlins.
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The biggest news of the day concerned Pagan, the club’s opening-day leadoff man and center fielder, who was examined one day after he aggravated his left hamstring injury in a minor league rehab game and was carted off the field in Stockton.
Pagan already was leaning toward surgery before agreeing last week to try to platelet-rich plasma injection in the hamstring in an effort to speed healing. Now surgery is “no question, an option,” in Bochy’s words.
“We’ll figure out which is the best option in the next day or two,” said Bochy, after Pagan met with the Giants’ medical staff and reviewed test results.
Surgery would require six to eight weeks of rest, recovery and rehabilitation – meaning Pagan wouldn’t return until mid-August at the earliest. At least Pagan was able to walk into the clubhouse without crutches Friday; he declined to be interviewed.
As for Torres, he was surprised when Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna’s throw beat him to third base after his drive smacked off the bricks and bounced away from right fielder Giancarlo Stanton.
Torres ended up making the first out of the inning at third base – a cardinal sin, although Bochy was willing to absolve him of it.
“As he was rounding second, it looked like a no-brainer,” Bochy said. “They fired it on the bag and they got him.”
Said Torres: “I bounced and I said, `Keep going.’ I should’ve stopped, with no outs, but it happened.”