MILWAUKEE -- Arriving in Milwaukee late Wednesday night, Angel Pagan was ready to go Thursday afternoon when the San francisco Giants wrapped up a three-game series with the Brewers at Miller Park.
Pagan hadn't played since June 14 thanks to a bulging disc in his lower back. He received an epidural injection a few days later, tried a treadmill in late June then received another injection July 3.
The pain, though, is gone, and Pagan's return was a welcome addition for the Giants, who have struggled to score runs the last few weeks.
"I feel great," Pagan said Thursday. "It's been a long way for me, battling the heat in Arizona and trying real hard to get back as soon as possible."
Back in the leadoff spot against Milwaukee, Pagan picked up right where he left off and singled in his first at-bat, one of his two hits on the day.
He also looked good in center field, where he recorded four putouts but also bobbled a first-inning double by Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun, which allowed a run to score.
"He looked good," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He bounced around well. He didn't show any signs that the back was bothering him, which was a great sign. He got a couple of hits. It was a pretty good start for him. The important thing is, he didn't look hesitant swinging or running."