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Pagan to receive epidural injection to ease back pain

Pagan to receive epidural injection to ease back pain

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants must maintain a little more patience regarding center fielder Angel Pagan, who will receive an epidural injection Thursday in an attempt to ease his back woes.

Pagan and Dave Groeschner, the Giants head athletic trainer, spent Wednesday in Los Angeles visiting spinal expert Dr. Robert Watkins, who recommended the injection. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Pagan will return to San Francisco after receiving the shot, which will require him to rest for two to three days. The Giants' medical staff then will re-evaluate Pagan to determine the next course of action.

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Bochy spoke with Groeschner, who relayed Pagan's mood. "He seems upbeat," Bochy said. "I think he had a little sense of relief that he has another opinion and a better idea of what's going on. It's that nerve, and we're going to try to calm it down."

Second baseman Marco Scutaro, the other Giant with back issues, was expected to play five innings Wednesday in an Arizona League game as he continues to increase his baseball activity gradually.

Bochy acknowledged that the Giants won't consider activating Scutaro from the disabled list until he proves he can play a full game. Scutaro apparently has embraced the challenge.

"He's determined that he's over the hump [and] he'll keep grinding through it," Bochy said.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat.Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanhood19. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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