SAN FRANCISCO – Faces turned ashen in the Giants clubhouse in the minutes following the club’s 2-1 loss to the Miami Marlins Thursday night as word slowly filtered that Angel Pagan sustained a potentially significant setback in his comeback from a strained left hamstring.
“Oh no,” said outfielder Andres Torres, when told that Pagan was carted off the field in the ninth inning at Stockton, where he had just begun a rehab assignment with Single-A San Jose. “I have to call him. I have to call him. We need him. He’s a great player and a great guy in the clubhouse. Oh man. Unbelievable.”
Pagan was scheduled to play five innings for San Jose; he entered in the bottom of the fourth and looked OK as he went back to the warning track to catch a fly ball in center field, said San Jose announcer Joe Ritzo. Pagan also drew a walk and ran out a ground out to first base with no apparent issues, Ritzo said.
But then he hit a ground ball to second base in the ninth and pulled up lame three-quarters up the line. He never even made it to first base.
“He started to jump up and down and couldn’t go any longer,” said Ritzo by phone, as he boarded the team bus. “He fell down on the ground short of first base.”
He stayed down for several minutes as athletic trainer Dave Getsoff and San Jose manager Andy Skeels attended to him. Pagan was lifted into a groundskeeper’s cart and taken off the field.
“That’s kind of devastating,” said Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, after reporters told him what happened to Pagan. “He’s a sparkplug for us. It sounds serious but you hope it’s not too serious and he can get back here and help us out. We’re definitely thinking of him.”
Pagan hasn’t played since May 25, when he injured his hamstring in the outfield two innings before hitting a walk-off, inside-the-park home run.
He already had one setback in his hamstring injury and opted for a platelet-rich plasma injection instead of surgery, although from what I understand, he was a lot closer to going under the knife than he let on when he spoke with reporters last weekend in Atlanta. This latest setback makes surgery a strong possibility, obviously.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he had no further information on Pagan, who drove himself to Stockton and didn’t travel back with the Single-A club.
“He was running down the line and felt something, so he had to come out,” Bochy said. “They had to cart him off. It’s a setback and that’s all I can tell you right now.”