Angel Pagan was available for pinch-hitting only yesterday. The San Francisco Giants' outfielder is nursing a sore hamstring, but he has been progressing everyday. Pagan has even started running again and feels he'll be ready to start today.
Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area says Pagan's progressed from not running while he let the hamstring heal to running at 70-75 percent yesterday.
Pagan said he ran at 70-75 percent. Hamstring much better today. Confident he'll start tomorrow. Will be available off bench tonight.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) May 6, 2013
Yesterday, we discussed Pagan's hesitancy to steal bases this season and how the hamstring was holding him back for now. Once he returns, Pagan will likely continue to play the cautious role on the base paths. If he were a stat-head, he'd be leaning toward the sabermetrician's view that stolen bases are only helpful at a certain point. Pagan simply wants to score runs.
With Pagan working his way back into the starting lineup, the Giants will improve instantly. In Pagan's absence, the team has been using Francisco Peguero. He's not exactly a $45 million player like Pagan is.
The 31-year old outfielder is a career .281/.333/.421 hitter. So far this season, he is hitting .275/.328/.367. Pagan is not the type of player to make countless All-Star Games, but he was a clear contributor to last year's World Series success.
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