Pagan expected to be OK after groin strain

OF extends hit streak to 18 games; Giants hope he's ready for LA series Tuesday

Pagan expected to be OK after groin strain

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Angel Pagan suffered a right groin strain during the Giants' 9-5 loss to the Mets on Saturday.

The injury occurred after Pagan chased down a fly ball from Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera in the top of the third. Pagan left after the bottom of that inning and Gregor Blanco replaced him in left field.

"He's probably going to need a day tomorrow. We think he's going to be OK," said Bochy. "We're being cautious."

The Giants' hope is that Pagan will be ready for Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers. The outfielder entered Saturday with the longest active hit streak in the Majors, and he extended it to 18 games with an infield single in the bottom of the first.

Pagan's single extends streak

"He's been so steady," Bochy said of Pagan before Saturday's contest. "It's just been so consistent with him."

Pagan was on the disabled list this season after suffering a left hamstring strain in May. The injury caused him to miss 18 games.

Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.