Angel Pagan CF SF 5 Hrs

Angel Pagan (back) took more swings Wednesday.

Pagan is slowly but surely recovering from a back strain that put him on the disabled list in the middle of June. He is aiming to return sometime in early August. Gregor Blanco has been playing center field.

Angel Pagan CF SF 2 Days

Angel Pagan (back) was able to take swings from both sides of the plate on Monday.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy called it a "step in the right direction." Pagan has been out since the middle of June with a back strain and is not expected to return to San Francisco's active roster until sometime in August.

Angel Pagan CF SF 6 Days

Angel Pagan (back) isn't expected to be activated until sometime next month.

Pagan has had a couple good days of rehab at the Giants' spring training complex, but he's yet to resume swinging a bat. The outfielder's back ailment dragged on longer than expected before, and obviously the Giants want to play things cautiously. Gregor Blanco will continue to handle center field in Pagan's absence.

Angel Pagan CF SF 12 Days

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that there is still no timetable for Angel Pagan's (back) return to the lineup.

Pagan hasn't resumed full baseball activities yet, as he still hasn't been cleared to take swings. At this point, it's looking unlikely that he will rejoin the Giants before the end of the month.

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Angel Pagan (back) is hoping to resume baseball activities on Wednesday.

Pagan is headed to the Giants' spring training complex to continue rehabbing. He is not expected back at the start of the second half, but perhaps he can return before the end of the month if all goes well from here on out.

Angel Pagan CF SF 20 Days

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that he's not expecting Angel Pagan (back) back before the All-Star break.

That's no surprise, of course, as Pagan was given an epidural injection on Thursday after experiencing another setback with his back. He'll likely require a rehab assignment before returning, and it's up in the air as to when that will happen.

Angel Pagan CF SF 22 Days

Angel Pagan will receive an epidural injection for his ailing back on Thursday.

Pagan has been dealing with a bulging disk in his lower back and probably won't be able to resume his minor league rehab assignment until next week. The center fielder has been out of commission since mid-June and there is no official timetable for his return to the Giants.

Angel Pagan CF SF 23 Days

Angel Pagan (back) will visit back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles on Wednesday after experiencing a setback.

Pagan was hoping to be activated Tuesday, but he had a setback while doing some running on Monday. The outfielder is dealing with a bulging disk in his lower back, which is pinching his sciatica nerve and causing pain down his leg. Pagan doesn't think he'll need surgery, as he's hoping Dr. Watkins can suggest another form of treatment. Obviously his timetable is totally up in the air.

Angel Pagan CF SF 23 Days

Angel Pagan (back) won't be activated on Tuesday.

Pagan had been hoping to return from the disabled list for the Giants' series opener against the Cardinals, but he's not quite ready yet. The center fielder has been on the shelf since mid-June with a strained back.

Angel Pagan CF SF 26 Days

Angel Pagan (back) is hopeful to return to the Giants' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Cardinals.

Pagan has been out of the lineup since mid-June due to a strained back. He has a solid batting line of .307/.356/.411 on the season.