Giants hope Pagan returns soon from stiff back

Crick, Stratton among 14 players sent down

Giants hope Pagan returns soon from stiff back

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Back stiffness forced Giants center fielder Angel Pagan to sit out Tuesday's 10-0 exhibition loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, but his latest ailment isn't considered serious.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy observed that Pagan, who underwent surgery last September to repair a bulging disk in his back, will receive an automatic rest Wednesday, which is a scheduled off-day for the entire club.

"Hopefully I'll have him in there Thursday," Bochy said. The Giants will resume Cactus League play that afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Pagan has started seven games this spring and is batting .125 (2-for-16).

• The Giants trimmed their spring roster to 45 on Tuesday by sending 14 players to Minor League camp through various methods. Those on the move included pitching prospects Kyle Crick and Chris Stratton, who pitched Monday against Cincinnnati.

Eleven were reassigned: right-handers Cory Gearrin, Crick and Stratton; left-handers Ty Blach and Adalberto Mejia; catchers Aramis Garcia and Tyler Ross; infielders Christian Arroyo, Carlos Triunfel and Kelby Tomlinson; and outfielder Mac Williamson.

Outfielder Daniel Carbonell was optioned to Double-A Richmond, and right-handers Joan Gregorio and Derek Law were optioned to Class A Advanced San Jose.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.