Things are not going too well for the San Francisco Giants. They are in danger of falling below the .500 mark, and their everyday center fielder may be out for a while.
An MRI done on Angel Pagan on Saturday revealed a small tear in his left hamstring.
“It’s a setback; it’s back to zero,” Pagan told the media.
Pagan aggravated the hamstring on Thursday night during a rehab game in Stockton.
In the ninth inning of his game, Pagan hit a ground ball to second base, but struggled to run to first base and fell to the ground.
“He started to jump up and down and couldn’t go any longer,” San Jose Giants broadcaster Joe Ritzo told CSN Bay Area. “He fell down on the ground short of first base.”
Pagan was attended to by team doctors and carted off the field.
Pagan injured the hamstring on May 25, when he legged out an inside-the-park-homer to walk-off against the Rockies.
He has not played since, and has already turned down surgery once. Now that this has occurred, surgery appears very likely, which could sideline him for six weeks.
“No question,” Bochy said when asked about surgery. “It’s an option and that’s what we’ll talk about in the next day or so, figure out what is the best option.”
Losing Pagan long-term would obviously be a huge blow to the Giants, who are already not playing their best baseball after losing consecutive games to the MLB-worst Miami Marlins.
“I’m just going to make sure that whatever I have to do, try to get better and be as strong as possible,” Pagan said. “I’ll make sure that when I come back I’ll be 100% and ready to contribute to the team.”
In 2011, they lost Buster Posey to injury and didn’t make the postseason. Pagan is no Posey, but he is still a crucial player on the roster, and it is scary to think about how this year could wind up being much like a repeat of 2011.