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.

Report: Athletics to acquire Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Athletics and Cardinals have agreed on a trade involving outfielder Stephen Piscotty. The Cardinals will receive two as yet unknown minor leaguers in return.

Piscotty, 26, hit .235/.342/.367 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 401 plate appearances for the Cardinals this past season. He dealt with injuries and with his mother’s ALS diagnosis, so it was a rough year, but very excusably so. The Cardinals had signed him to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension in March. He’s under contract through 2022 at a total of $29.5 million and has a club option for 2023 worth $15 million with a $1 million buyout.

The Cardinals had an outfield spot open up after agreeing to acquire Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins on Wednesday so the Piscotty trade doesn’t come as a surprise.