Giants hope Pagan, Morse can play soon

Giants hope Pagan, Morse can play soon

TEMPE, Ariz. -- With center fielder Angel Pagan again out of the lineup after a one-game return and left fielder Michael Morse still working his way back toward game action, time is fleeting for two key players to get back to health for Opening Day.

Thursday could be a big day for both of them, a target date for Pagan to get back in action as he deals with lower-back stiffness and Morse, dealing with a calf strain, to make his first appearance since last Wednesday.

Pagan, who had been out of the lineup four games with his back issue, returned Sunday but wasn't available Monday.

"I think he's going to be fine, I do," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Once we get through this day off [Wednesday] I think he'll be good to go, but we are getting close. Ask me Thursday and if he's still feeling something, I will be concerned."

John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.