Giants place Mijares on restricted list, Pagan improved

May 6, 2013, 6:30 pm
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SAN FRANCISCO – Jose Mijares did not report to the Giants on Monday, when his bereavement leave reached its seven-day expiration. So the club placed the left-hander on the restricted list.

Mijares spent Monday traveling from Venezuela and was due to land shortly before midnight, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. The club expected to activate Mijares prior to Tuesday’s game, when they’ll need to find a roster spot for him.

Mijares will not be paid while on the restricted list. In his case, given his $1.8 million salary this season, a day’s wages works out to just less than $10,000.

Mijares left the team after his grandmother, who raised him, suffered a heart attack in Venezuela. She passed away before he could arrive.

So the Giants have an extra 24 hours to figure out how they’ll construct the roster going forward. Much will depend on the health of center fielder Angel Pagan, who left Saturday’s game after feeling a twinge in his right hamstring while fielding a single in the seventh inning. He didn’t play Sunday and was held out of Monday’s lineup as a precaution.

Pagan participated in baseball drills and ran at 70-75 percent intensity prior to Monday’s game and said he no longer feels any discomfort. He’s available off the bench as the Giants begin their series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

“It’s not bad to give it another day so there are no setbacks,” Pagan said. “Overall, I feel pretty good.”

If Pagan is fully recovered, the Giants could decide to go with a four-man bench and a 13-man bullpen if they option Francisco Peguero. There are no obvious candidates to demote from the bullpen; although Jean Machi and George Kontos have minor league options, both right-handers are pitching well.

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