Pagan shines in Arizona League rehab debut

Pagan shines in Arizona League rehab debut
August 1, 2014, 9:45 am
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Angel Pagan went 2-for-3 with two doubles in his Arizona League rehab debut. (USATSI)


Angel Pagan returned to professional baseball Thursday night, participating in his first rehab game as he continues to recover from his chronic back ailment.

After a full pregame routine with the Arizona League Giants, Pagan played five full innings, going 2-for-3 with two doubles in a 1-0 win over the Arizona League Angels.

Facing 19-year-old right-hander Eduar Lopez, Pagan hit a comebacker to lead off the bottom of the first. But his next two at-bats produced doubles on a ground ball down the left-field line and a line drive to right.

The only run of the game came on Pagan's final at-bat, though he did not receive an RBI as Kevin Rivera scored on an error by right fielder Ricky Martinez.

Pagan is expected to rejoin the Giants roster at some point on the team's current 10-game road trip, which starts Friday in New York.

The nine-year veteran has not played since he went 2-for-5 in a loss to the Rockies on June 14, when the Giants enjoyed a 6.5-game division lead over the Dodgers.

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Pagan, 33, was hitting .307 with a .356 on-base percentage in 63 games prior to hitting the disabled list this year.


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