Pagan scratched with back tightness, should play Friday

Pagan scratched with back tightness, should play Friday
September 3, 2014, 3:45 pm
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He was wanting to go. We had to be on the cautious side here.
Bruce Bochy on Angel Pagan

DENVER –- The last time Angel Pagan was a late scratch for a series finale against the Colorado Rockies, it had disastrous consequences for the Giants.

He ended up missing 44 games from mid-June to early August because of lingering back discomfort. 

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Pagan was scratched again moments before the first pitch Wednesday at Coors Field after his back tightened up again.

This time, though, Giants manager Bruce Bochy wasn’t fearing anything major.

“Oh, he’s fine,” Bochy said following a 9-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies. “He was wanting to go. We had to be on the cautious side here.”

Pagan certainly looked chipper after a postgame workout. “Good, I’m good. How are you?” he said to a reporter, with a smile and a wave.

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Bochy expected Pagan to start when the Giants begin a three-game series Friday at Detroit’s Comerica Park.

Then again, Bochy didn’t think Pagan’s back was a big deal the last time, either.

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