Pagan focused on being ready for Opening Day

Pagan focused on being ready for Opening Day

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Angel Pagan will likely get back in the lineup early next week, but it's not a return to the Cactus League the outfielder is focused on.

Pagan's sights are set on April 6 -- Opening Day in Arizona.

"I feel good, I'm just aiming [for] Opening Day," Pagan said. "I want to play games here. But, to me, the most important thing is to be in the Opening Day lineup. So I'm just getting the proper work I need to get in the game -- and when I feel I'm ready, I'll be in there."

Pagan is recovering from severe back spasms and hasn't played in a week. But he was able to work out and take swings on Sunday after receiving an injection of a strong anti-inflammatory.

"The reason I got the shot is I wanted to speed up the recovery," Pagan said. "I didn't want to just wait until it was done. It could have been a week and a half, and I don't have time for that. I just want it to be gone as soon as possible."

The 33-year old outfielder had back surgery in September, but said the spasms aren't related.

Pagan believes his mattress triggered the spasms, and he's since changed beds.

"It was the bed," Pagan said. "I have a hard time sleeping in soft beds. That bed was too comfortable."

William Boor is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.