Pagan out with hand injury; DL likely for Huff

Pagan out with hand injury; DL likely for Huff

SAN FRANCISCO -- Angel Pagan was out of the starting lineup against the Mets on Tuesday with two bruised fingers on his left hand, which manager Bruce Bochy said happened when he "took a bat to something" out of frustration after he flied out to right field in the fifth inning of Monday's game.

"He's doing better, and he's available to go in if we need him," Bochy said before Tuesday's game. "I'd like to give him a day, maybe two days. I think he can use a break, too. I know he's frustrated. He's been hard on himself."

Pagan has been in a 7-for-41 (.171) slump dating back to July 18, and was replaced in center field by Gregor Blanco in the seventh inning on Monday. Blanco started in center on Tuesday.

"It's one of those things you try and keep under control," Bochy said. "These guys are competitive, you understand that. But at the same time, we've got a couple games when they've let that get the best of them, and we get in tight ball games and then we're short."

Aubrey Huff also aggravated a knee injury while running to first base after pinch-hitting in Monday's game, but wasn't placed on the disabled list as of Tuesday's game because newly acquired Hunter Pence had yet to arrive to San Francisco before the start the game. Brett Pill was brought up from Triple-A Fresno to take Nate Schierholtz's roster spot, with Huff expected to be placed on the DL once Pence arrives.

"To be honest with you, we're holding off on making the roster move right now," Bochy said. "For the time being, Pill will take the place of Schierholtz and Huff is in limbo right now. He can't run, but he could be a left-handed bat coming off the bench."