SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants hope to have Angel Pagan back in the lineup by the middle of the coming week, but Pagan won't make any guarantees. He's eyeing another date, anyway.
"I'm just looking at Opening Day," Pagan said. "I want to play games here but for me the most important thing is being in the Opening Day lineup."
Pagan clarified that the back discomfort that has kept him out of the lineup for over a week is simply a spasm, one he believes was caused by a soft bed. He said he could have sat out another week or so and let the spasm go away, but he opted for two injections that he deemed "strong anti inflammatories" that speed the healing process. Pagan has gotten just 16 at-bats this spring but said he may soon head over to the minor league facility, where he can lead off every inning of an exhibition game.
"I want to go to the jungle and stay there for a while," he said of the facility a couple of miles from Scottsdale Stadium.
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Pagan is moving well after getting two shots earlier this week, and he took the field Sunday for a second straight day of running, fielding and throwing. He took BP before Sunday's game and said he's not feeling any pain. The spasms, Pagan said, are not related to the back surgery he had last September.
"It was the bed," he said. "I have a hard time sleeping on soft beds. It led to spasms that happened and were kind of severe. I guess the bed I was sleeping in is not good for me. This is something that can happen to anybody."
Pagan has switched to a harder mattress.
"I'm confident for Opening Day," he said.