Angel Pagan to undergo back surgery, out three months


Whatever playoff run the Giants have in them this season will have to be without center fielder Angel Pagan, who will undergo back surgery Thursday and need at least three months of recovery time.

Pagan has been hurt for much of the season, playing just 96 games, although when healthy enough to be in the lineup he had one of his best years by hitting .300 with a .731 OPS.

Gregor Blanco will be the Giants’ starting center fielder and leadoff man in Pagan’s absence, leaving manager Bruce Bochy to mix and match various options in left field.

Pagan, who turned 33 years old in July, is under contract for $9 million in 2015 and $10 million in 2016.