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.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.
Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.
Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.