MILWAUKEE -- The Giants spent all spring talking about their deeper lineup, and that length led to a hot start in April and May. On Thursday, the lineup should be whole for the first time in three months.
Center fielder Angel Pagan is scheduled to fly to Milwaukee on Wednesday and take his spot atop the lineup for Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Brewers. Manager Bruce Bochy said Pagan felt great after his first rehab game for the Fresno Grizzlies, and it's possible he'll be activated upon arriving in Milwaukee so that he's available off the bench Wednesday.
Between Pagan's back injury and Brandon Belt's broken left thumb, the Giants have not had their full opening day lineup healthy since May 9. Pagan has missed 43 games because of lower back inflammation that led to an epidural and weeks of rehab at the team's facility in Scottsdale, Ariz. He played two rehab games in Arizona last week and played nine innings for the Grizzlies on Monday.
Tuesday, Pagan started in center and batted leadoff, going 1 for 4 with an RBI in Fresno's 6-5 win over Salt Lake.