KANSAS CITY — The Giants were never planning a reunion with Angel Pagan. It turns out they won’t be facing him this season, either.
According to a report from the Puerto Rican website El Vocero, Pagan will take the year off to spend time with his family. The 35-year-old has two daughters who grew up in part during his five years in San Francisco and a third born during the 2015 offseason.
Per El Vocero, Pagan said the decision was made as a family. “I’ve been away from my house for a long time,” he said, adding that he wants to take advantage of time that can’t be recovered. Pagan said he is not necessarily retiring.
The outfielder played five seasons for the Giants, hitting .281 with 31 homers and 81 stolen bases in 583 games. He often dealt with injuries, but put a long season together in 2016, batting .277 with 12 homers in 543 plate appearances. His run ended with an injury in the NLDS.
The Giants and Pagan were not always on the same page, and the team quickly moved on in the offseason, committing to a Jarrett Parker-Mac Williamson plan that has been decimated by injuries and ineffectiveness.
Pagan played for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and looked healthy and like his old self. He reportedly had interest from several teams — including the Braves, Orioles and Blue Jays — but he was seeking a guaranteed major league deal with a set salary in mind. Ultimately, Pagan chose a year at home over a flyer with an MLB team.
Last week, Windy Pagan posted a photo on Instagram of the couple posing with their oldest daughter at a resort. “In love with our first daughter!” she wrote. “She is almost my (height).”
SAN FRANCISCO — The main event Tuesday night in Miami was Madison Bumgarner vs. Giancarlo Stanton. After that was over, the Giants got to work.
Carlos Moncrief, pinch-hitting for Bumgarner, sparked a three-run rally in the seventh as the Giants ran away with a 9-4 win over the Marlins. Moncrief’s RBI single tied the game and his aggressive base running led to the go-ahead run on a Stanton error.
Here are five things to know from the second night in Miami, with an emphasis on two large gentlemen …
—- Round 1 of Bumgarner-Stanton probably should have ended with a homer. Bumgarner started Stanton off with a cutter low, and then went way high for ball two. Another cutter nicked the inside of the plate for a strike. On 2-1, Bumgarner threw a 90 mph fastball that leaked over the heart of the plate. Stanton smoked it into left, but just for a single.
—- Round 2 ended with Stanton homering for the 44th time this season, and sixth consecutive game. Bumgarner started the at-bat with a good curveball for a strike, but he got burned when he tried to go down in the dirt with a cutter. Buster Posey put his glove down a couple inches above the plate but the cutter never got down. Stanton crushed it 442 feet with an exit velocity of 107 mph. He watched it fly, and Bumgarner watched him run to first.
—- Bumgarner won Round 3. Stanton fouled off a fastball and swung through a cutter on the way to 3-2. Bumgarner threw a hard curveball at Stanton’s back foot and he whiffed.
—- Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich were 6-for-6 against Bumgarner coming into the fifth. He struck them all out in order that inning. Overall, Bumgarner gave up four earned on nine hits in six innings. He struck out four. Bumgarner also had an RBI single off the wall.
—- Mark Melancon’s stuff has taken a step up since he returned. He hit 93 mph and threw a handful of sharp curveballs while getting through the seventh against the top of Miami’s lineup.
One entire side of the Giants infield is now on the concussion disabled list.
Second baseman Joe Panik was placed on the 7-day DL Tuesday, joining first baseman Brandon Belt.
Panik took a hard tag to the face during the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Nationals.
The move is retoractive to August 14.
Infielder Orlando Calixte was recalled to take Panik's spot on the roster.
This is the second time in two years that Panik has landed on the disabled list with a concussion. Last July, then-Rays pitcher Matt Moore plunked Panik in the head with a pitch. It took 10 days before the Giants would place their second baseman on the DL. This time, it took just two days.