Angel Pagan begins minor league rehab assignment

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When Angel Pagan underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left hamstring in June, he was far from a lock to make it back this season. While it doesn’t matter much anymore with the Giants out of the race, it looks he he’ll get some peace of mind going into 2014.

Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Angel Pagan began a minor league rehab assignment with the Giants’ rookie league team yesterday and went 0-for-1 with a walk. He’s scheduled to play five innings today and appears on track to be activated when rosters expand on September 1.

Coming off a huge season with the Giants in 2012, Pagan stayed with San Francisco on a four-year, $40 million contract. The 32-year-old outfielder was batting .262/.314/.374 with three home runs, 24 RBI and six stolen bases in 46 games prior to surgery.

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.

The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.

Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.

Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.