Still no progress for Giants' Pagan

Still no progress for Giants' Pagan
June 23, 2014, 11:30 pm
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Giving myself an opportunity. See if I can get better.
Angel Pagan

SAN FRANCISCO -- Angel Pagan completed another day of batting and fielding practice, but he didn't inch any closer to rejoining the Giants starting lineup. 

"I have no idea (how close I am to returning)," Pagan said after Monday's 6-0 loss to the Padres. "I'm just going out there positive and hopefully soon."

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The Giants are 2-5 over the past seven games, a stretch Pagan has missed due to an ailing back that doesn't seem to be getting better.

"I think he's the same," Bochy said. "He gets treatment during the game to see if we can get him over the hump. He's taking batting practice, he's doing all the stuff, but he still feels it in there and he hasn't felt any improvement the last couple of days."

It didn't look like Pagan was swinging 100 percent when he joined his teammates for pregame BP on Monday.

"I can't," he said, "I can't."

Pagan will again take BP and shag fly balls on Tuesday with hopes for progress.

"Giving myself an opportunity," he said. "See if I can get better."

Pagan played in just 63 games last year. The Giants were 28-22 and tied for first place in the division when he suffered a hamstring injury. They were 60-74 and 19 games out of first place when he returned on Aug. 30 to help the team earn a one-run win against Arizona.

"He's the guy that really gets us on track," said Bochy, acknowledging that the leadoff hitter is often hardest to replace. "He certainly makes us go. We saw what life was without him last year."