Giants center fielder Angel Pagan will require surgery on his hamstring, keeping him out 10-12 weeks according to manager Bruce Bochy. Pagan initially hurt his hamstring before hitting one of the most improbable walk-off home runs in recent memory, but has yet to see any action for the Giants since that game on May 25th.
While rehabbing in San Jose, Pagan re-injured the hammy running out a ground ball. He was carted off the field and — after a few opinions — decided on surgery.
The Giants will continue to wheel out a combination of Andres Torres, Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez to occupy left and center field. While not part of their pre-season plans, the respective talents of the three outfielders have covered up much of the hole left by Pagan. For example, Blanco is batting .323/.368/.444 since Pagan went down. Part of that has been Bochy’s platooning, but mostly the former non-roster invitee has just been playing out of his mind.
Health has been a big issue for the Giants over the last month, with Pagan, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Crawford, Marco Scutaro, Joaquin Arias, Santiago Casilla and Ryan Vogelsong all missing time. Though the position players have returned, Vogey and Casilla remain out at least through the middle of July. The Giants are 12-18 since Vogelsong’s injury, dropping them to a season-high 3.5 games out of first place in the NL West.