SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants put Angel Pagan on the disabled list Wednesday morning because of back inflammation that has kept him out of the lineup since June 14. Infielder Adam Duvall was called up and will make his major league debut.

Duvall, 25, is hitting .297 with a .360 on-base percentage, 23 homers and 67 RBIs for the Fresno Grizzlies. Power is his trademark, and it has been consistent this season. Duvall hit six homers in April, nine in May and has eight in 21 June games.

"It's not like it was one hot streak -- he was consistently mashing the ball," said second baseman Joe Panik, Duvall's teammate most of the season. "He's been swinging really well, it's been impressive to watch. You can really see the improvement in his approach and he's not missing pitches.

"It's almost like it's a video game for him, no matter where we were playing or what park we were in."

Duvall has played first and third base for the Grizzlies. Manager Bruce Bochy said he would be used off the bench and could get a couple of starts at first base.

"We'll work him in," Bochy said. "We think he can contribute in some way. I don't care where you are, that's a lot of homers. We saw him in spring training and that's easy power."

Pagan was a spark plug for the Giants through April and May, but has been unable to get over a lingering back injury. He has been taking swings during batting practice and shagging fly balls before games, but there was lingering discomfort during his workouts. Pagan missed most of the 2013 season with a hamstring injury that eventually required surgery and the club never replaced his production atop the lineup. The Giants are 2-6 in the eight games Pagan has missed. He is eligible to return next Tuesday.


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"He just wasn't coming around fast enough," Bochy said. "This gives him a little bit of time."

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