SAN FRANCISCO – Angel Pagan is missing his 10th straight game Tuesday in the Giants’ season series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays and Bruce Bochy isn’t sure when he’ll have his leadoff man and center fielder available again.
“He’s going to get another day,” Bochy said. “Hopefully with the day off [on Thursday] he’ll be all set to go in Arizona. But that’s not a definite because this thing’s taking longer than he had hoped or we had hoped.”
Pagan hasn’t seen game action since his walk-off inside-the-park home run on May 25th. He received a cortisone shot last Wednesday and Bochy had hoped that he could pencil Pagan back into the lineup for the Giants’ weekend series in St. Louis.
Pagan was on the field testing his strained left hamstring before Wednesday’s game, but never reached a full sprint.
The Giants have gone 4-5 since Pagan, hitting .262 with three home runs, 24 RBI, 30 runs and six steals, last played.
While the news on Pagan is far from encouraging, Pablo Sandoval’s foot strain has improved enough that he’s back in the lineup for a day game after a night game.
“Pablo’s back out there; he feels fine,” Bochy said.
The Giants’ third baseman was even showing off some salsa dancing skills on his way out of the clubhouse.
Sandoval, who leads the voting at third base for the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York, is hitting .284 with eight home runs, second on the team behind Hunter Pence’s nine.
The Giants are expected to start Chad Gaudin on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday and give Tim Lincecum an extra day of rest before starting Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Bochy was asked if Lincecum’s performance in Tuesday’s 2-1 win made him consider starting the two-time Cy Young Award winner on regular rest Sunday over Gaudin.
Bochy said that Gaudin on Sunday and Lincecum on Tuesday is “the plan right now,” the manager’s way of leaving his options open.
Giants media notes also list Sunday’s starter as “TBA” so Bochy is reserving the right to use Gaudin in relief in case of extra innings or other circumstances.