CHICAGO -- The Giants sent center fielder Angel Pagan to Arizona ahead of the rest of the club Wednesday so he could have his stiff back examined as quickly as possible.
Pagan missed his third game in a row with his ailment, which has left him day to day. The Giants, obviously, are concerned about these inactive days accumulating. They know that their offense will be seriously compromised if it must operate for long without Pagan, who's batting a team-high .307 with 11 stolen bases in 14 attempts.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Pagan, who already has undergone an MRI exam, which revealed inflammation, will undergo further tests in the Phoenix area. Following Thursday's scheduled off-day, the Giants will begin a three-game series against the D-backs.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.