Pagan set to rejoin Giants from back troubles

Pagan set to rejoin Giants from back troubles

MILWAUKEE -- The Giants were expecting a valuable late-night parcel Wednesday that they probably couldn't use immediately.

This useful Giant is center fielder Angel Pagan, who's essential to San Francisco's offense as the team's leadoff hitter. Pagan was expected to arrive at Miller Park at around 10 p.m. CT, after or close to the end of the game.

Thus, the Giants likely will wait until Thursday to activate Pagan, 33, who's deemed to have recovered sufficiently from back problems. Playing nine innings in back-to-back games Monday and Tuesday for Triple-A Fresno on an injury rehabilitation assignment was the test Pagan passed that prompted the move.

Bochy said that with the exception of second baseman Marco Scutaro, who has returned to the DL with a back ailment, the Giants will have all of their Opening Day lineup on the field once Pagan returns. That hasn't happened since May 9, when first baseman Brandon Belt sustained a fractured left thumb. San Francisco is 36-21 when Pagan has started this season, contrasting with 25-31 in all other games.

Hunter Pence, who primarily has batted leadoff in Pagan's absence, will resume hitting second.

"It'll be nice to see guys at their [intended] spot in the order," Bochy said.

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