Angel Pagan and Ryan Vogelsong are on the comeback trail, with one farther along then the other.
After the San Francisco Giants’ workout on Thursday, manager Bruce Bochy spoke with the media, and both Pagan and Vogelsong’s names evidently came up.
Bochy told the media, including Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, that Vogelsong threw in Arizona over the All-Star break. However, the team still hasn’t established a timetable.
Bochy: Vogelsong threw in Arizona during break, but no timetable for rehab games. Pagan also in Az., is confident he’ll return this season.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) July 19, 2013
Vogelsong fractured his right hand on May 20 against the Washington Nationals while attempting to swing, but an inside pitch shattered his hand. Initial reports stated that he would be out for six to eight weeks, and we’re nearing the two-month mark on Saturday. With no official timetable released, Vogelsong is indeed a bit behind schedule, but the Giants won’t rush him back.
The veteran right-hander has plenty of reason to get healthy and return soon, though.
The obvious reason: he has a $6.5 million team option this offseason, and if the Giants don’t pick that up, his current stock isn’t so sparkly. He went on the DL with a 7.19 ERA in nine starts. I’m sure he’d like to improve that mark before hitting the open market.
Vogelsong, if he returns to 2012 form, could also be a big help to a wobbly Giants rotation.
Pagan, meanwhile, is a ways away from returning, but he is “confident” that he will return this season, as Pavlovic notes.
Pagan went on the DL on May 26 (retroactive) and eventually had surgery on his left hamstring that he injured in a game where he hit a walk-off, inside-the-park home run. He then aggravated it in a rehab game in mid-June.
Before being placed on the DL, Pagan had a .262/.314/.374 batting line.