Crawford improved but knee nags at Pagan

Crawford improved but knee nags at Pagan
April 17, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Through 14 games this season Angel Pagan is hitting .383 (23-for-60) with one home run and 10 RBI. (USATI)

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SAN FRANCISCO – Shortstop Brandon Crawford took ground balls and reported improvement with his tight right hamstring, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy opted to give him one more day off as a precaution.

Bochy also is erring on the side of caution with center fielder Angel Pagan, who has been dealing with some knee soreness after banging it against the wall a few days ago. Pagan is playable, Bochy said, but he’s also not in the lineup Thursday as the Giants go for the sweep against Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu.

This is not the time for the Giants to be nicked up on the position side. They’re operating with just a four-man bench after activating left-hander Jeremy Affeldt on Thursday.

At least Buster Posey (hard slide into second base) and Pablo Sandoval (bruised knuckles) are in the lineup and good to go.

Pagan’s absence is the only sticky part for Bochy to navigate, since Ryu isn’t the best matchup for Gregor Blanco. That’s why the manager went with Joaquin Arias in the leadoff spot and is hitting Blanco eighth.

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