The season is too long to expect that any baseball player will get through the entire campaign without playing hurt. The tough part is negotiating injuries to key players when the course of treatment isn’t clear-cut.
The Giants are facing a decision on Angel Pagan, one they need to make shortly. A player can be placed on the disabled list retroactively up to a maximum of 10 days. He isn’t in the lineup today, and the last time he played was last Saturday against the Rockies — so today would be his tenth day without appearing in a game.
Pagan took batting practice before today’s game. Based on what Bruce Bochy said in his pregame interview, Pagan will probably be on the DL relatively soon.
“I was just talking to (trainer Dave Groeschner) up there. That’s why I’m a little late, had to finish that conversation. I’ll have to talk to you about it later as we get him checked out, evaluated, so we’ll have a better answer for you,” Bochy said.
“It’s a fine line between BP and playing in the game. We’re up here talking now, get it checked out. See where he’s at. Hopefully it’ll be soon. We’ll have to make a call there in the next day or so.”
Bochy told reporters a week ago that an MRI on Pagan’s back showed no structural damage. I prodded Bochy for details on the MRI. Specifically, did it come back clean?
“Yeah. It might’ve shown a little sprain or something there, but it came out fairly clean,” said the Giants manager.
Brandon Belt update
Brandon Belt also took batting practice (the photo above is from today’s session) and ran the bases. It was thought that Belt might even make a rehab appearance in San Jose as soon as tomorrow, but Bochy said that wouldn’t happen. He also tossed in a subtle reason why.
“It’s not going to be tomorrow, but it could be Thursday. He’s hitting the machine, with velocity. He’s been running, he’s been doing all the other baseball things, working on his throwing,” said Bochy.
“He feels good. He’s ready to go. I just talked to Groesch about him. He’s a little concerned that the hand is swelling up, but he feels good. So if all goes well tomorrow, possibly Thursday.”
Belt is taking grounders as I’m writing this, so the swelling can’t be too serious.
“Yeah, he’s playing three innings tonight, Marco. Which is great news. I thought he looked pretty good in Arizona, too. Taking ground balls and a few swings. So it’s good to see him finally start his rehab,” said Bochy.
“He’s feeling pretty good. He just wants to play through this, get over the hump and see how he handles game situations.”
Ehire Adrianza update
Adrianza was placed on the DL immediately, for obvious reasons. He’s not a starter like Pagan, and the Giants can’t go with just 11 available position players.
“First degree sprain, similar to what Matt Cain had. Probably looking at seven days,” said Bochy. “We didn’t want to be another player short. We couldn’t afford it.”
Hmmm. (I don’t know what I’m hmmming about here, but it felt weird to stop now.)