Stiff back knocks Pagan out of lineup vs. Rockies

Stiff back knocks Pagan out of lineup vs. Rockies

DENVER -- Giants center fielder Angel Pagan was scratched from Wednesday's lineup minutes before the first pitch of the team's series finale against the Colorado Rockies with back stiffness.

Pagan, San Francisco's leadoff batter, had hit safely in 13 of his previous 14 games, recording a .333 average (21-for-63) in that span.

"He wanted to [play], but we wanted to stay a bit on the cautious side," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after the Giants' 9-2 loss, adding that Pagan should be fit to play in Friday's Interleague series opener at Detroit.

Juan Perez replaced Pagan in center field, batting eighth. Left fielder Gregor Blanco moved into the leadoff spot.

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval was the other Giants regular not to start against the Rockies. Bochy wanted to give Sandoval what amounted to a two-day rest, combined with Thursday's scheduled off-day.

"He needs a day [off]," Bochy said of Sandoval, who entered Wednesday having appeared in 135 of San Francisco's 139 games. "He's a little worn down."

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.