SAN FRANCISCO -- Angel Pagan on Tuesday admitted what has become crystal clear in recent weeks.
"I will benefit a lot from some time," Pagan said. "I was trying to battle and wasn't helping much."
Pagan has played with two sore knees most of the season and was put on the DL with right patella tendinitis. He said his left knee bothered him for several weeks after collision with the wall and a sliding catch that left him catching too much of the AT&T Park dirt, but that leg is now fine. The right knee is the issue, and it has hampered Pagan since he banged it hard on a sliding catch late last season. Pagan had a platelet-rich plasma injection in the right knee Monday and will miss at least two weeks.
"Hopefully it helps me recover and come back," he said. "I will benefit from some time."
The Giants are hoping they're the ones benefiting in September. By WAR, Pagan has been the worst player in the Majors this season, posting a Wins Above Replacement number of negative 2.0. He is hitting .205 since the All-Star break and his OPS dipped below .600 on the last road trip. Overall, Pagan is batting .258 after a red-hot start, and he has just 17 extra-base hits, none of them homers. Pagan said he's not worried about the numbers. He said he has "no control" over his production, adding that his only goal is to play hard and give the Giants 100 percent effort.
"I'd love to see more out of me, but it is what it is," Pagan said. "I can’t be frustrated, because I’m giving my all. That’s all I can do, that’s all I have in control."