Outfielder Angel Pagan will undergo surgery on his torn left hamstring, and will be out for up to 12 weeks.
“It’s a loss. There’s no getting around it,” manager Bruce Bochy told reporters. “When you lose your leadoff hitter, the guy who led off for you all the way through the World Series, and played a significant role helping you win a World Series, there’s no question it’s a loss.”
Pagan is hitting .262 with three home runs and 24 RBI in 46 games this season. He signed a four-year, $40 million deal in the offseason following a superb 2012 campaign that when he hit .288.
Pagan injured the hamstring on May 25, when he legged out an inside-the-park-homer to walk-off against the Rockies.
He aggravated the hamstring last Thursday night during a rehab game in Stockton.
In the ninth inning of the 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.
“It’s a setback; it’s back to zero,” Pagan told the media, after an MRI revealed a tear in his hamstring.
With him out until September at the very least, he could not be more correct.