Pagan says back feels good enough to play in games

Giants outfielder will start first Major League spring game since March 14

Pagan says back feels good enough to play in games

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday night that center fielder Angel Pagan, satisfied with the condition of his balky back, will play in Wednesday's game against the Colorado Rockies.

Pagan, who has been bothered by back spasms, felt comfortable earlier Tuesday in a five-inning stint against a Triple-A contingent of Chicago Cubs, the same game right-hander Matt Cain started. Pagan went 1-for-4 with a single and was robbed of at least a double by an outfielder's difficult catch. Pagan himself made a nice running catch and glided smoothly from first base to third base on John Bowker's fourth-inning double. The ball temporarily appeared catchable, preventing Pagan from scoring.

After leaving the game, Pagan approached Bochy and insisted upon playing against the Rockies. Pagan last appeared with the Giants on March 14, which marked his seventh Cactus League start.

Bochy watched Pagan and Cain perform before heading to Goodyear for the Giants' Cactus League game against the Cleveland Indians.

"It looked like he's seeing the ball well," Bochy said of Pagan. "He ran some deep counts. He looked comfortable."

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.