Angel Pagan to start rehab assignment Friday

Pagan to begin rehab assignment, Bochy welcomes replay

Angel Pagan to start rehab assignment Friday
August 15, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Angel Pagan is recovering from surgery to repair a damaged hamstring tendon. (AP) 


Angel Pagan is expected to rejoin the team on or after Sept. 1, if all goes well. (AP)

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WASHINGTON – Angel Pagan will begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday for the Giants’ rookie-level affiliate in the Arizona League.

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He certainly hopes it goes better than the last time, when he requested to be carted off the field for Single-A San Jose on June 20 at Stockton after feeling a twinge behind the knee while running to first base.

Pagan had surgery to repair a damaged hamstring tendon later that week; he’s been rehabbing in Scottsdale and told head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner that he is pain free.

The Giants have used a plethora of leadoff hitters in Pagan’s absence, none of them very effective. With Gregor Blanco falling off a cliff in the second half and Andres Torres also struggling, manager Bruce Bochy has turned to Marco Scutaro; Hunter Pence also led off one game.

Overall, Giants leadoff hitters rank 27th among the 30 clubs with a .241 average and 26th with a .297 on-base percentage.

Pagan is expected to play three innings for the Giants’ Arizona club. He’s expected to rejoin the team on or after Sept. 1, if all goes well.

Pagan signed a four-year, $40 million contract prior to this season.