Pagan will return to his role as leadoff hitter, which will move Hunter Pence into the number two spot in the starting lineup.
Pagan has been out since June 15th with back inflammation, but after a short rehab stint with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, he said he is feeling great.
Before Pagan went down with his back injury, he was hitting .307 with three home runs and 19 RBI. He also had a .356 OBP and 11 stolen bases.
The Giants are quite simply a much stronger, more well-rounded team when Pagan is in the lineup. Despite Pence and Gregor Blanco seeing time in the leadoff spot in Pagan’s absence, Pagan is the only true leadoff hitter that the Giants have. He’s speedy on the basepaths as he can stretch a single into a double and he can get from first to third on a single, he finds ways to get on base, and he was hitting well before he got injured.
Pagan is also their sparkplug. He provides so much energy on and off the field for the Giants, and he’s a key contributor to their strong team chemistry. He gets this Giants team excited, and his energy is contagious.
In order to clear a roster spot for Pagan, the Giants optioned second baseman Matt Duffy.
To clear spot for Pagan, Giants option Duffy. Likely going to Fresno. Panik will play 2B every day.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) August 7, 2014