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Angel Pagan carted off field with knee injury

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The Giants' center fielder was making a rehab start for San Jose.

Stephen Dunn

The radius of the Marlins death-fog is apparently 82 miles. Angel Pagan was making a rehab start for the San Jose Giants in Stockton, his first action since tweaking his hamstring during his walk-off inside-the-park home run against Colorado. But in the ninth inning, Pagan had to be carted off the field after hitting a ground ball:

Other reports have Pagan clutching his left knee, which sounds pretty ominous. There has been hemming and hawing over possible surgery on his hamstring, but the knee wasn't a problem until Thursday night.

The Giants were hoping Pagan was going to be back for the road trip, and while there's nothing but raw information and the speculation that goes with it, if he isn't out for an extended period of time, it will be a minor miracle. When was the last time you saw a player crumple to the ground, hold his knee, then show up a couple days later like nothing happened?

The outfield troika of Juan Perez, Gregor Blanco, and Andres Torres will continue to pick up time in the outfield in Pagan's absence.

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