Giants center fielder Angel Pagan injured his knee running to first base in the first game of his rehab assignment in San Jose, according to Joe Ritzo of the San Jose Giants. On a grounder to second in the ninth inning, Pagan was running down the line before he came up limping, eventually crumpling to the ground in pain. The eight-year veteran was carted back to the clubhouse.
Pagan was the first in a series of position-player injuries for the Giants. Scutaro, Sandoval and Crawford followed, leaving Bruce Bochy pretty short-handed. A combination of Andres Torres, Gregor Blanco and newcomer Juan Perez have filled in nicely as far as getting on-base and playing center field, but their inability to hit for power — a decent portion of Pagan’s value — has hindered the Giants.
Before his injury, Pagan was batting .262/.314/.374 with 10 doubles and three home runs. A few ticks below his career averages, but serviceable for a center fielder who runs well and can pay his position. The Puerto Rican signed a four-year, $40 million this off-season after coming to the Giants in a trade before the 2012 season.