It will be a definitive case of “too little, too late” for the San Francisco Giants, but it appears as if they will be getting a boost to their offensive lineup in the very near future.
Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News tweeted this breaking news about Giants’ outfielder Angel Pagan on Thursday afternoon:
Angel Pagan will begin rehab assignment tomorrow, play three innings in rookie league game.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) August 15, 2013
News of Pagan’s potential return and impending rehab assignment are a bit surprising, as various outlets presumed that his season was over after a devastating hamstring injury that he sustained in late June. However, if Pagan’s rehab goes as planned, he should be returning to the team in short order.
Before the injury, Pagan had taken a step back from a sort of breakout year in 2012. In that season, he produced a .288/.338/.440 slash line with 8 home runs, 29 steals, and 95 runs while playing above-average outfield defense. This year, however, those numbers plummeted across the board, as he had an OBP of just .314 with less speed (6 steals) and less power (3 home runs) across 204 plate appearances.
Even with the dip in production, Pagan is one of the team’s best 3 outfielders, and in a season where the Giants entered the day carrying a dismal 52-67 record, any help would be welcomed. It has been the definition of a “lost season” in San Francisco, but perhaps this news will brighten the day (a bit) for Giants fans.