Pagan scratched on Saturday with sore right wrist

Pagan scratched on Saturday with sore right wrist

CHICAGO -- Center fielder Angel Pagan, hampered with a sore right wrist, was scratched from the Giants' lineup for Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs.

Manager Bruce Bochy said that Pagan's injury was not considered serious, adding that the switch-hitter might rejoin the lineup as early as Sunday.

"He thinks he'll be OK to go tomorrow," Bochy said of Pagan, who hurt himself while diving for a ball on Thursday.

Gregor Blanco replaced Pagan in the leadoff spot, while Andres Torres entered the lineup in center field, batting seventh.

Pagan, who Bochy deemed eligible to pinch-run, has started strong, batting .341 with five multiple-hit games. By contrast, Pagan owned a .222 average after 11 games last year. Bochy attributed Pagan's early productivity to his participation in the World Baseball Classic with Puerto Rico.

"The Classic helped him get cranked up," Bochy said.

Chris Haft is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.