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4/25/2014 9:34 P.M. ET

Ishikawa returns to Giants on Minor League deal

SAN FRANCISCO -- First baseman Travis Ishikawa, who spent 10 years in the Giants organization and earned a 2010 World Series ring, has returned to his original club by signing a Minor League contract.

Ishikawa, 30, became available when the Pittsburgh Pirates designated him for assignment Saturday. He hit .206 (7-for-34) with one home run and three RBIs in 15 games with Pittsburgh.

With Brandon Belt entrenched at first base, Ishikawa is expected to provide depth in case of an injury. "It's nice to have guys with experience you can call on," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

With the Giants, Ishikawa hit .265 with 15 homers and 80 RBIs in 281 Major League games in 2006 and 2008-10. He played for the Brewers, Orioles and Yankees besides the Pirates after he left the Giants system following the 2011 season. San Francisco originally selected Ishikawa in the 21st round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.

Pagan's sore knee being monitored

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy restored Angel Pagan to the lineup Friday while acknowledging that the center fielder has right knee issues that will need to be monitored.

Bochy said that Pagan, who did not start Wednesday's series finale at Colorado, underwent an MRI that revealed a small, chronic tear of his patella tendon. That ailment, Bochy said, isn't as significant as the bruised knee Pagan recently sustained, which is primarily causing his discomfort.

To the layman, the word "tear" seems worrisome. However, Bochy said, "If you looked at a lot of players, you would find a lot of small tears somewhere."

Bochy said that Pagan's injury is not related to the left hamstring problems that sidelined him for 82 games last year.

Lincecum ready to face team that first drafted him

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum is scheduled to start for the Giants against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.

It could have been the other way around.

Eligible for the 2005 First-Year Player Draft after his sophomore season at the University of Washington because he already was 21, Lincecum was selected by the Indians in the 42nd round but declined to sign. The Giants drafted him in the first round in 2006, and the rest is history.

Lincecum listened to the Indians' proposals but felt fairly certain that he would stay in school, as he ultimately did. "I just felt like I didn't want to sell myself short of my junior year," Lincecum said Friday.

Lincecum admitted that he occasionally has pondered what might have been if he had signed with Cleveland. "It's because it's just the way I think," he said. "I'm an analytical person and sometimes I think a little more than I need to."

The Indians and Chicago White Sox are the only teams Lincecum has not faced in his Major League career.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.