After suffering a setback with his right hamstring during his first rehab game Thursday night, Giants center fielder Angel Pagan may now be headed for surgery.
According to Amy Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com, an MRI revealed that Pagan has a small tear in his hamstring tendon. He’ll go for a second opinion early next week before making a decision on surgery, but given that his speed is so important to his game, it appears likely right now. Assuming surgery is decided, Pagan says he would be sidelined for up to six weeks, which would place his return in the early part of August.
Pagan, who was retained by the Giants over the winter on a four-year, $40 million contract, is batting .262/.314/.374 with three home runs, 24 RBI, and six stolen bases in 46 games this season. Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez will continue to handle center field duties in his absence.
Angels DH Albert Pujols passed Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard, slugging his 584th career home run in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Blue Jays.
Mike Trout had already slugged a solo home run off of Jays starter Marco Estrada to bring Pujols to the dish. Pujols jumped on an 0-1 cut fastball, sending it out to left-center field, clearing the fence by a few feet.
Pujols, who finished 4-for-4 with the homer and an RBI double, is batting .257/.321/.441 with 24 home runs and 99 RBI on the year. His next target on the home run leaderboard is Frank Robinson at 586.
Orioles closer Zach Britton had appeared in a major league record 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run, spanning May 5 to August 22. That streak came to an end on Wednesday evening against the Nationals.
The Orioles entered the bottom of the ninth inning holding a 10-3 lead, but reliever Parker Bridwell immediately found himself in hot water. He yielded back-to-back singles to Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson. He was able to strike out Trea Turner, but walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Daniel Murphy then crushed his first career grand slam to make it a 10-7 game. That prompted manager Buck Showalter to bring in Britton.
Britton, too, was knocked around. He served up a single to Bryce Harper, followed by a double to Anthony Rendon that scored Harper, pushing the score to 10-8 and ending Britton’s streak. Wilson Ramos reached on a fielder’s choice back to Britton, but the lefty finally finished the game by getting Ryan Zimmerman to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Britton now holds a nice 0.69 ERA with 38 saves and a 61/16 K/BB ratio in 52 innings of work this season.