Pagan fine, but gets night off vs. Dodgers

Pagan fine, but gets night off vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Though Angel Pagan felt good enough to play Wednesday, manager Bruce Bochy held the center fielder out of the starting lineup for the series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Pagan sustained a cramp in his left hamstring while beating out an eight-inning infield single Tuesday night. Bochy reasoned that resting Pagan on Wednesday would essentially give him a two-day break, combined with Thursday's scheduled off-day.

"He could play today," Bochy acknowledged. But, Bochy added, "He's been grinding pretty hard."

Pagan, who has started 28 of the Giants' 31 games this season, accepted Bochy's decision.

"When they give you a day off, you have to take it," he said. "You have to be smart in those situations and know when to back off."

Gregor Blanco replaced Pagan atop the batting order and in center field.