Oh, the dreaded s-bomb: surgery.
Yes, that could very well be what San Francisco Giants‘ outfielder Angel Pagan is due for after aggravating his strained left 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 6-8 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.
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.