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"We threw out some pretty good at-bats but couldn’t get the big hit to break it open. You hope to create opportunities, which we did. We were just missing the hit."
—Manager Bruce Bochy, after the Giants’ 3-1 loss to the Dodgers.
NEXT: Giants (Mike Kickham, 0-1, 15.43) at Dodgers (Stephen Fife, 1-2, 3.25)
RHP Chad Gaudin (bruised right elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the injury just became too burdensome. Gaudin was struck by a line drive last Thursday against Miami and has been able to play catch, but he was unable to throw a bullpen session over the weekend.
LHP Mike Kickham will make his second career start Tuesday, when he replaces injured RHP Chad Gaudin for a start at Dodger Stadium. Kickham lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his first start, allowing four hits and four runs in a 6-3 loss at Oakland on May 28. He was sent down shortly after. He returns from Fresno with a 4.81 ERA and a 3-5 record.
SS Joaquin Arias exited Monday’s game against Los Angeles after scoring from first base in the second inning. Arias suffered what manager Bruce Bochy described as a mild left hamstring strain, and the infielder will be re-evaluated Tuesday.
CF Angel Pagan will have surgery on his torn left hamstring Tuesday and is expected to miss 10 to 12 weeks, manager Bruce Bochy announced. Gregor Blanco will continue to man center field with Andres Torres in left field. Pagan was batting .262 with 24 RBIs after re-signing a four-year deal to stay with the Giants. The operation, to be performed by Dodgers orthopedist Neal El Attrache, will involve having a tendon at the bottom of the hamstring repaired.
RHP Jean Machi was optioned to Triple-A Fresno despite a lengthy and successful stint with the Giants. Machi was 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 25 games with the Giants, but he was sent down to make room for RHP George Kontos.
RHP George Kontos was recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Monday and promptly allowed an RBI single to Yasiel Puig that proved to be the difference in the Giants’ 3-1 loss to the Dodgers. Kontos was optioned to Fresno on June 12 and he went 2-1 with a save and a 3.52 ERA in 7 2/3 innings in Triple-A. He is available to pitch in the majors while appealing a three-game suspension he received for hitting Pittsburgh CF Andrew McCutchen with a pitch June 11.
3B Pablo Sandoval (left foot strain) was reinstated from the disabled list after a rehab assignment with Class A San Jose. He went 2-for-4 in the Giants’ loss at Dodger Stadium.
LHP Madison Bumgarner’s 16-inning scoreless streak against the Dodgers did not last long Monday, but Bumgarner bounced back. He allowed a first-inning home run to Yasiel Puig but settled down to allow just one hit over the next five innings before being shaken up to start the eighth, when the Dodgers scored twice.
LF Andres Torres was back in the lineup Monday after missing two days due to a sore right knee. He hit an RBI double to account for San Francisco’s only run in a 3-1 loss to the Dodgers.
Angel Pagan’s attempts to rush back to the Giants’ lineup might have contributed to him being lost for another three months.
The center fielder/leadoff hitter will have surgery Tuesday to repair his left hamstring, and he is expected to be sidelined for 10 to 12 weeks.
Manager Bruce Bochy told reporters that, if all went well, Pagan could return sooner, but 10 weeks from Tuesday will be Sept. 3.
The surgery, to be performed by Dodgers orthopedist Neal El Attrache, will involve having a tendon at the bottom of the hamstring repaired.
Pagan has not played in the majors since May 25, when he suffered the initial injury.
He went on a rehab assignment Thursday with Class A San Jose, but he re-injured his hamstring while running out a grounder that day in a game at Stockton. An MRI on Friday indicated Pagan has a small tear in the tendon.
"It’s a loss, there’s no getting around it," Bochy told said. "When you lose your leadoff hitter, the guy who led off for you all the way through the World Series and played a significant role helping you win a World Series, there’s no question it’s a loss."
Pagan is hitting .262 with three home runs and six steals this year.
Last season, he hit .288 with 29 steals and a league-leading 15 triples.
Bochy said Gregor Blanco would remain the primary center fielder in Pagan’s absence, with Juan Perez playing that position on occasion as well. Blanco went 1-for-5 Monday in the Giants’ 3-1 loss to the Dodgers.