Originally posted on BaySportsNet  |  Last updated 6/25/13
Ouch. In more ways than one…just ouch. In a week that has suddenly taken on apocalyptic overtones, the Giants have lost three out of four to a historically awful Marlins team, lost the series opener with their hated rival Dodgers, dropped to the .500 mark, and learned that they’ll be without their starting center fielder for roughly three months. Other than that, the Giants’ week stunk. The news on Angel Pagan was bound to be grim when word came out that he had to be carted off the field last week in the middle of his rehab assignment at San Jose. The worst fears turned into harsh reality this afternoon as it was revealed that Pagan had suffered a small hamstring tear that would require surgery. The injury will put Pagan out for about ten to twelve weeks, and now leaves the slumping and already injury-riddled Giants without their leadoff man and center fielder. One of the keys to the Giants’ success and championship run last season was good health. Aside from two seperate DL stays by Pablo Sandoval, no Giants player missed a large amount of time due to injury (unless, of course, you count Brian Wilson’s season-ending surgery). This season, though, the team has seemingly run the gamut of maladies, both serious and nagging. Pablo Sandoval, Ryan Vogelsong, Marco Scutaro, Jeremy Affeldt, and Brandon Crawford (and soon to be Chad Gaudin) have all missed time due to some sort of injury this season, and now it appears that Pagan might be done for the year. Pagan hasn’t played since May 25, the game that he won with a walk-off, inside-the-park home run. The loss of Pagan now leaves the Giants with a massive void in their outfield. The team has been plugging along with the Gregor Blanco/Andres Torres/Juan Perez combination in center field since Pagan got hurt, but it’s doubtful they’ll be content to stick with that rotation for the remainder of the year. Blanco has hit extremely well in the past couple of weeks and has his average up over .300, but his career .261 batting average makes that look like a fluke. Torres has been decent this year but has suffered some recurring (and baffling) defensive lapses. Perez has wowed the Giants faithful since his call up with some truly spectacular defensive plays, but he’s a free swinger who will probably be exposed by major league pitchers quickly as the sample size grows larger. Internally, there aren’t many appetizing options, either, as the Giants have seemingly given up on former first round pick Gary Brown entirely. That leaves the external, but the list of players available on the trade market may not be worth the price. I’ve seen names like Josh Willingham and Alex Rios trotted out there (hey, remember this potential nightmare?), but Willingham is a bad fielder suffering through a terrible year and Rios is a potential contract albatross who is just a year-and-a-half removed from his own bout with suckitude. I’m not sure it’s worth the cost of a pitching prospect (or two) to try to salvage the season with one of those guys. When it rains, it pours. That’s pretty much how Giants fans feel right now. I guess one potential pickmeup for fans is the realization that the Giants looked dead in the water when they lost Melky Cabrera in August last year, then rolled to a championship with Blanco as their starter. Except this time Blanco was already a starter, and now they have no easy replacements. Oops. The post Struggling Giants Lose Pagan for 10-12 Weeks appeared first on BaySportsNet.com.
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