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Giants outfielder Angel Pagan gets taken off the field Thursday after he was injured during a rehabilitation stint with the San Jose Giants in Stockton.

Pagan's injury setback has Giants considering surgery

Published: Saturday, Jun. 22, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 - 10:00 pm

SAN FRANCISCO – Angel Pagan walked into the Giants' clubhouse Friday afternoon under his own power, albeit slowly, a seemingly encouraging sign after the outfielder had been carted off a minor-league field in Stockton the night before. The manila envelope he held, though, underscored manager Bruce Bochy's assertion that this was clearly a setback for Pagan and his troublesome left hamstring.

Pagan, who crumpled running to first base during a rehab game with Class-A San Jose on Thursday night, held the results of an MRI on his left leg. But he had yet to meet with team doctors as he talked quietly with teammates Andres Torres and Marco Scutaro before the Giants played the Miami Marlins – their 24th game in a row without their center fielder and leadoff hitter.

After the Giants lost to the Marlins 6-3, Bochy said Pagan had reaggravated the tendon just above his left knee and that "in the next day or two we're going to have to decide which way we're going to go with him as far as treatment."

Surgery is an option, Bochy said.

"No question," Bochy said. "It's an option, and that's what we'll talk about in the next day or so, figure out what is the best option."

Bochy said the Giants will continue to "mix and match" in Pagan's absence, though they are now also working with a banged-up Torres.

Torres left Friday night's game after hurting his right knee sliding headfirst into third base in the sixth inning.

An X-ray came back negative and Torres is day-to-day with a knee contusion, Bochy said.

"We'll see how he's doing tomorrow, but we think he's going to be fine in a day or two," Bochy said.

That leaves Gregor Blanco, who led off and played center field Friday night, and rookie Juan Perez as healthy options in center and left field.

The Giants had hoped Pagan would be able to return this weekend against the Marlins. Bochy made it clear before Friday's game that Pagan had "passed all tests with no issues" before leaving for the rehab assignment and "wanted to go down" to the minors.

Reinforcements still may be coming soon in the form of Pablo Sandoval, who began his own rehab assignment with San Jose on Friday and homered in his second at-bat.

While Joaquin Arias has filled in admirably at third base in Sandoval's absence – Arias entered Friday on a career-high 11-game hitting streak, going 16 for 44 (.367) with six RBIs – Bochy said the Giants are eager to regain Sandoval's offense.

Sandoval was hitting .289 with 37 RBIs in 57 games before landing on the disabled list on June 9 with a left foot strain. The Giants hope to have him back when they begin a series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on Monday.

"It's a setback with Angel, and you hate to see that," Bochy said. "But it'll be nice to have Pablo back in our lineup. Right now we need another bat to help out."

Arias was actually at shortstop Friday night with Brandon Crawford still being bothered by two sprained fingers on his throwing hand.

Crawford played catch before the game and said he felt there "(wasn't) much behind it," but said he did feel improvement over Thursday and that he hopes to be in the lineup today.

Chad Gaudin, meanwhile, wore a sleeve over his pitching arm a day after being struck by a line drive and said he was still experiencing swelling.

Gaudin is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, which will give the Giants a better idea of whether he will be able to make his next start Tuesday against the Dodgers.

"I'd like to see how it feels when I play catch," Gaudin said. "But I feel pretty optimistic about it."

Call The Bee's Matt Kawahara, (916) 321-1015. Read his Bay Area Baseball blog at blogs.sacbee.com/bay-area-baseball/. Follow him on Twitter @matthewkawahara.

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