OAKLAND -- Angel Pagan was out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Athletics, with Gregor Blanco shifting over from right field to start in center and Nate Schierholtz getting the start in right.
Pagan has been playing with a strained abdominal muscle, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Pagan would most likely be the team's designated hitter Saturday. With Thursday's off-day, that would give Pagan three days off from the outfield.
"He's doing better, but this was the plan to give him another day," Bochy said. "It's still there, but it's going away."
After batting .375 in 27 games in May, Pagan has hit .254 in 18 games in June, including going 6-for-36 (.167) in the last nine games.