After missing the San Francisco Giants' previous few games due to a sore hamstring, center fielder Angel Pagan returned to the lineup last night.
Pagan had been hampered by a sore hamstring for some time, causing him to be admittedly hesitant on the base paths. Considering speed is an important part of Pagan's game -- requiring him to depend on his wheels -- the Giants didn't want to risk a more significant injury.
After resting the center fielder for a few days, the Giants returned Pagan to the starting lineup last night. He led off for San Francisco, going 0-for-3 with an RBI and strikeout. Over 135 plate appearances for the Giants this season, Pagan has hit .268/.319/.358 with six doubles, one triple, one home run and 24 runs scored. He's also stolen four bases in six attempts.
The Giants acquired Pagan from the New York Mets prior to last season. He played well enough for the defending World Series champs to warrant a four-year, $45 million contract over the winter.
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