SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — When he arrived in camp Tuesday, center fielder Angel Pagan said he was 100 percent healthy. That’s not quite the case anymore.
Pagan isn’t having any back issues this spring, but a sore neck has kept him off the field the past two days. Manager Bruce Bochy said Pagan will miss Saturday’s workout as a precaution, but the Giants aren’t concerned. Pagan was limited to 96 games last season because of persistent back pain that eventually led to season-ending surgery.
The rest of the health updates Friday were positive. Catcher Andrew Susac returned after missing two days with a tooth infection. Right-hander Tim Hudson (ankle surgery) threw his second bullpen session of the week and said he feels great. Closer Santiago Casilla was walking without a limp 24 hours after taking a Casey McGehee liner off the shin.
“He’s fine,” Bochy said of Casilla. “He was dancing for me this morning.”
LIGHTER SIDE: Friday was “Photo Day” at Scottsdale Stadium, meaning veterans and rookies alike had to go from station to station and smile for the cameras. Ryan Vogelsong won’t forget this photo day, simply because stadium scoreboards won’t allow him to; Vogelsong had a thick beard today and it’ll be there on the scoreboard every time he pitches this year or gets an at-bat. Vogelsong said he’s fine with that. “I might keep it all year,” he said.
The annual “Won Photo Day” award goes to Casilla this year. He dug in deep when asked to grab a bat. Why was Casilla asked to grab a bat? We don’t know — it’s photo day, these things happen. A Twitter follower pointed out that Casilla is actually in midseason form.
As serious as that first shot is, Casilla was unable to surpass Marco Scutaro, who took the best photo day shot I’ve seen in my four years on the beat.
ICYMI: Our CSN cameras were on the scene when Madison Bumgarner faced Hunter Pence on Thursday. The video is here if you want a baseball fix, or would like to listen to some oddly dramatic music.
QUOTABLE: Susac’s infection led to a fever of 103 degrees and a root canal. None of that pain matters in a clubhouse. Susac took some grief from teammate Buster Posey, who pointed out that Bochy missed just one full day after a heart procedure last week. Susac missed two workouts.
“Bochy almost died and he got back quicker than you,” Posey told Susac.