SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants center fielder Angel Pagan, who has been sidelined for four consecutive games with back stiffness, took early batting practice Saturday, but wasn't certain when he might rejoin the lineup.
Asked if he might play Sunday, a potential return date cited by manager Bruce Bochy, Pagan said, "I want to play today." But, he added, he must receive clearance to play from the medical and athletic training staffs.
"That's the protocol we have to follow," said Pagan, who's batting .250 in seven Cactus League games. "But I feel good, really good."
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