The Giants moved outfielder Angel Pagan off of the disabled list and into their lineup Tuesday, a day earlier than planned.
Pagan played rehab games the past three days with Triple-A Sacramento and the Giants intended to give him a day off Tuesday before activating him. But after talking with Pagan on Tuesday afternoon, manager Bruce Bochy used Pagan in place of Jarrett Parker, playing left field and batting seventh.
“Angel came in today and he really wanted to play,” Bochy said. “He was adamant that he was good, he wanted to go, he felt great. So he’s in the lineup.”
Shortly before first pitch against the Brewers, the Giants also announced they were putting right-hander Matt Cain back on the 15-day disabled list because of his troublesome right hamstring. Cain went on the DL on May 28 with a right hamstring strain and returned Monday night to pitch against the Brewers, throwing 3 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on five hits with five walks.
Pagan missed 18 games after aggravating a left hamstring strain running to first base on May 23. He went 4 for 11 in his three rehab games with the River Cats – playing five, seven and nine innings – which Bochy said bolstered Pagan’s case for playing Tuesday.
“This isn’t like he just came off the DL and went right into our game,” Bochy said. “He passed all those tests, including the ones before he went down to rehab.”
Parker came out of the lineup but remains on the roster as a left-handed power option off the bench; the Giants optioned Mac Williamson back to Sacramento. Parker is batting .189 with three homers, whereas the right-handed hitting Williamson is hitting .167 with one homer.
Bochy said sending Williamson down was “a tough call.” It’s already the third time this season Williamson has been recalled from Triple A and sent down, and Bochy said he thought Williamson made strides during this call-up.
“I really thought he got some better swings in, he looked a lot more confident and wasn’t taking,” Bochy said. “He said the same thing, that he felt a lot more comfortable.
“With these young guys, we just want them coming up and trying to get off some good swings, at least two good swings every at-bat, and he was doing that. ... He and Parker, that’s the thing we want from them more than anything: Just let it go – you may strike out, you may not get a hit, but give yourself a chance and take your swings.”