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SAN FRANCISCO -- Pacific Coast League stats don’t fully translate to the majors, but the Giants believe Adam Duvall’s Triple-A leading 23 home runs weren’t a complete mirage.
Duvall will join the Giants prior to the first pitch Wednesday after the club called him up from Triple-A Fresno and placed center fielder Angel Pagan on the 15-day disabled list.
Pagan had reached the maximum 10 days when the Giants could backdate his DL stint. So they made the move, knowing they’d have to wait a minimum of five days to have him active again regardless of when they replaced him on the roster.
“He just wasn’t coming around fast enough,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Pagan, who has an irritated nerve in his lower back yet has been taking regular batting practice. “We’ve been shorthanded. We don’t want to rush him.”
Duvall, 25, was hitting .297/.360/.620 and in addition to his Triple-A leading 23 home runs, his 67 RBI are one off the league leader. The right-handed hitter was an 11th-round pick in the 2010 draft out of the University of Louisville.
Duvall has played mostly third base, where he is considered below average. Bochy said he plans to use Duvall off the bench but would like to get him a start or two at first base, allowing him to move Michael Morse back to left field.
The Giants chose Duvall over center fielder Gary Brown, their 2010 first-round pick. The club already has Juan Perez on the roster so Brown would have been a bit redundant even though Pagan is the club’s starting center fielder.
This is Duvall’s first big league call-up. Does Bochy believe the stocky infielder’s numbers can translate?
“Well, we certainly hope so,” Bochy said. “We think he can contribute in some way. I don’t care where you are. That’s a lot of home runs. Sure, the PCL is a hitter’s league, but we saw him in spring training. He’s got easy power.”
Duvall, 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, caught a morning flight from Texas, where Fresno had just completed a series against the Round Rock Express. They waited until Duvall’s flight landed in the Bay Area before announcing the move.
Pagan is eligible to return Tuesday when the Giants begin a home series with the St. Louis Cardinals. They are 2-7 since his back flared up and have lost 11 of their last 14 overall.