Angel Pagan injury, plus SF Giants lineup shakeup

Angel Pagan will miss today’s series finale against the A’s and tomorrow’s game in St. Louis after getting a cortisone shot, according to Amy G of CSN Bay Area. The center fielder has been out since Sunday with a sore hamstring, with Gregor Blanco shifting to center and Andres Torres filling in at left field.

If the lineup looks different today, I expect it is due to the three straight losses suffered to the Oakland A’s. Bochy’s comments after last night’s debacle made it seem like wholesale changes were in order. Crawford is batting second, a spot that had been occupied by Marco Scutaro in almost every game this season. Scutaro has been replaced by Nick Noonan, but that has been attributed to an illness rather than poor play. Scutaro allowed the A’s to score a run with an error in Wednesday’s game.

Bochy is all but certain that Chad Gaudin will get the start on Sunday in St. Louis. After the injury to Ryan Vogelsong, the Giants skipped his spot in the rotation followed by a spot start from rookie left-hander Mike Kickham. But with Kickham’s underwhelming debut and no other viable options, the Giants will stretch out their long man for Sunday. Gaudin last pitched Tuesday, where he threw 54 pitches and gave up one run across three innings. Bochy set that up perfectly, pat on the back for the old manager.

After Sunday, the Giants can skip that spot in the rotation twice, not needing anyone until June 15th thanks to some well-placed days off.

Here’s the lineup against RHP A.J. Griffin (5-3, 3.84 ERA):

CF Blanco

SS Crawford

3B Sandoval

C Posey

RF Pence

1B Belt

LF Torres

2B Noonan

LHP Zito (3-3, 4.13 ERA)