The San Francisco Giants placed outfielder Angel Pagan on the disabled list Wednesday afternoon after the veteran had been dealing with a nagging back injury.
The Giants’ Twitter account announced the official news:
Manager Bruce Bochy spoke about Pagan’s injury status, per freelance journalist Manolo Hernandez Douen:
Last season, Pagan played in just 71 games due to a hamstring injury that sidelined him near the end of June.
Pagan, 32, has been out of the lineup since June 14 with the back injury and missed eight straight games. He’s hitting .307 through 63 games to go along with three home runs and 19 RBI.
As the Giants mentioned in the announcement, Fresno Grizzlies third baseman Adam Duvall has been called up to replace Pagan on the roster. San Francisco also shares some numbers on the prospect:
Bochy spoke about his plans for the young prospect during his call-up, per Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News:
“We’ll work him in,” Bochy said. “We think he can contribute in some way. I don’t care where you are, that’s a lot of homers. We saw him in spring training and that’s easy power.”
Without Pagan in the lineup over the last eight games, the franchise has clearly struggled. While the Giants still currently hold a three-game lead in the National League West, they have lost eight of their last 10 games.
Hoping to salvage a game against the San Diego Padres after losing the first two contests, the Giants will then host the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals over the next two series. Both teams are battling in a tight NL Central race and will be daunting tasks for the Giants without Pagan.
If Duvall can produce some instant offense, the call-up might be one that helps San Francisco. But without Pagan in the lineup, the team is missing a spark plug that can change a game with his bat and speed.
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