SAN FRANCISCO -- Just when it looked like the Giants were seeing the light at the end of the injury tunnel, they hit a couple of troubling bumps in the road Thursday night.

San Francisco lost starting pitcher Chad Gaudin in the fifth inning of a 2-1 loss to the Miami Marlins at AT&T Park when he took a comebacker off his pitching arm near his elbow. X-rays were negative, but Gaudin was unsure if he'd be able to make his next start.

Likely more serious, outfielder Angel Pagan's first rehab appearance playing for Single-A San Jose in Stockton didn't go well at all. Pagan, who has missed 21 games with a strained left hamstring, pulled up and collapsed to the ground running out a ninth-inning grounder and had to be carted off the field.

Clearly, after getting no-hit for 51/3 innings by a winless rookie pitcher named Tom Koehler and finishing with just four hits in the defeat, the Giants could use some offensive reinforcements. But the Pagan development could be a blow to that end.

"He (Pagan) is kind of a spark plug to our team," said Brandon Belt, who scored the team's only run of the night. "It sounds serious, but hopefully it's not anything too serious where he can't recover fully and get back up here to help us out. We're definitely thinking about him."

Manager Bruce Bochy reported that Pagan was running down the line after hitting a grounder to second base and "felt something." The Giants are uncertain about how serious the injury might be, but it didn't sound good.


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The Pagan development was a step backward for the Giants, who appeared close to restoring their optimum lineup to full health. Marco Scutaro has been back a few games from his injured pinkie. Brandon Crawford's sprained fingers were significantly improved, and he should be back in a day or two.

Meanwhile, Pablo Sandoval has made such significant improvement -- he's even shed some pounds while on the disabled list -- that he'll start his rehab a day early as a D.H. for San Jose on Friday, play third base Saturday and prospectively be activated for the start of a 10-game road trip beginning in Los Angeles on Monday night.

Outfielder Angel Pagan’s first rehab appearance with the San Jose Giants resulted in a potential disaster when he pulled up and collapsed to the
Outfielder Angel Pagan's first rehab appearance with the San Jose Giants resulted in a potential disaster when he pulled up and collapsed to the ground running out a ninth-inning grounder. (Courtesy of the Stockton Ports)

The Giants have to get through the rest of this week against their unlikely nemesis first. Miami won its eighth straight game at AT&T Park dating back to 2010.

The latest ill fortune impacted Gaudin. He took a shot off his right forearm near his elbow with one out in the fifth inning on a Derek Dietrich comebacker. Gaudin took a few warm-up pitches but couldn't continue because of what was termed a right elbow contusion.

"It hurt. ... He squared me up, and it immediately started hurting," said Gaudin, who had allowed just two hits and no runs through 41/3 innings.

Gaudin was happy there were no breaks but couldn't predict making his next scheduled start.

"I'll know a lot more (Friday)," he said. "I'm sure it's going to be sore, but it's just the muscle tissue, so we'll get it worked out, take care of it, and I should be back out there."

The Giants finally got a hit off Koehler -- Gregor Blanco's one-out single in the sixth -- and took a 1-0 lead in the seventh when Belt doubled and Arias tripled.

The lead was short-lived, however. Giants reliever Sandy Rosario walked Justin Ruggiano to lead off the eighth. Jeremy Affeldt then hit Dietrich with a pitch, and Ademy Hechevarria sacrificed. Affeldt (1-3) struck out pinch-hitter Jeff Mathis but gave up a two-strike, two-run single to right to pinch-hitter Marcell Ozuna.

The Giants went down quickly when Chad Qualls pitched a perfect eighth and Steve Cishek had a scoreless ninth for his 11th save, preserving the first major league win for Koehler (1-5).

Affeldt was disgusted by his outing, saying, "I didn't make a lot of mistakes that inning, yet if I don't hit the first guy, he doesn't score the winning run. The pitch I got beat on was where I wanted it. It's kind of the rut I'm in right now."

  • Barry Zito will not miss his Saturday start against Miami despite the death of his father. Joe Zito passed away Tuesday morning at age 84 in Van Nuys.

    "The loss of my father, Joseph Zito, has presented me with a difficulty I could not predict," Zito said in a statement. "Through his unprecedented dedication as a father, he instilled in me the faculties which have enabled me to handle all of life's challenges in a positive way."

  • The Giants' top draft pick, shortstop Christian Arroyo, was in the dugout before the game with his family after making the trip from his home in Brooksville, Fla.

    He was in San Francisco to take a physical and officially sign his contract. He'll join the Giants' Arizona Rookie League team Friday.