The Giants are missing Hunter Pence in their outfield right now, but they got Nori Aoki back from the disabled list on Thursday and Marlon Byrd in a trade from the Reds. Angel Pagan could soon be thrown back into the mix.
According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said this afternoon that Pagan is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday as he works his way back from right patella tendinitis.
Pagan has been sidelined since August 9 due to the injury, which has been affecting him dating back to last season. He was given a platelet-rich plasma injection to deal with the discomfort and Bochy said he’s doing “much better.”
Pagan was a very productive player for the Giants when healthy from 2012-2014, but he’s in the midst of his worst offensive season, batting just .258/.290/.308 over 102 games. The 34-year-old has yet to hit a home run in 424 plate appearances.
With both center fielder Angel Pagan and right fielder Hunter Pence on the disabled list the Giants have swung a deal to get outfield help, acquiring Marlon Byrd from the Reds in exchange for minor leaguer Stephen Johnson.
Byrd is 37 years old and swings at everything–he’s hitting .237 with a 101/23 K/BB ratio–but he’s also got 19 homers in 96 games after totaling 49 homers in the previous two seasons. He has excellent right-handed pop and can step into the lineup in place of Pence at minimal cost.
Byrd is an impending free agent, so it’s a six-week pickup, and Johnson is 24-year-old, Double-A relief prospect and former sixth-round draft pick with good strikeout rates and poor control.
Another injury to the Giants outfield, as right fielder Hunter Pence suffered a strained oblique muscle during Monday’s game and has been placed on the disabled list.
San Francisco is already without center fielder Angel Pagan and left fielder Nori Aoki, although it sounds like Aoki is close to returning from the concussion disabled list. Given the typical recovery timetable for oblique injuries Pence could be sidelined well into September.
This is Pence’s third disabled list stint of the season, but when in the lineup he’s done his usual thing by hitting .275 with nine homers and an .806 OPS in 52 games to match his career norms.
As of right now the Giants’ starting outfield is probably Ryan Lollis, Gregor Blanco, and Justin Maxwell. Yeesh.