6/8/2014 4:48 P.M. ET
Pagan's day off comes at opportune time
By Willie Bans and Ryan Hood / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Two factors went into the decision to give Angel Pagan a day off for Sunday's series finale against the Mets.
First, Pagan has been dealing with ongoing right knee discomfort for much of the season, and manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday was part of a plan to get him occasional rest.
Also, on Saturday night when Pagan slid into Mets catcher Anthony Recker to tie the game, 4-4, he "got banged up a little bit," Bochy said.
As a result, Pagan was out and Gregor Blanco replaced him at the leadoff spot and center field.
In many ways, Pagan has been the Giants' most productive hitter this year. His .323 batting average ranks fifth in the National League. Yet Bochy thinks rest here and there this season will benefit him.
"It's already shown that it pays dividends when he gets a day off," Bochy said.
Bochy gives Hicks vote of confidence
SAN FRANCISCO -- Glance at a stat sheet and Giants second baseman Brandon Hicks stands out for a bad reason: his sub-Mendoza line .187 average at the plate.
Despite the small quantity of hits, manager Bruce Bochy on Sunday morning reaffirmed his confidence in Hicks. Hicks' hits haven't been plentiful, but they've been timely and impactful.
Entering Sunday, Hicks' eight home runs ranked third among all second basemen, topped only by Minnesota's Brian Dozier (12) and Pittsburgh's Neil Walker (11). His 20 RBIs rank seventh on the team.
"You look at the average and we've talked about that and really it's a number that's way overrated," Bochy said before Sunday's series finale vs. the Mets. "He's had some huge hits for us. Two nights ago, he and [shortstop Brandon] Crawford were the reasons we won the game."
Bochy praised Hicks' performance in the field, too.
"He's turned a nice double play all year," Bochy said. "He's got a lot of energy, goes out there and grinds every day. Hicks has done a real nice job."
It appears Bochy will need that to continue, since Marco Scutaro needed about a week off to heal after taking a platelet-rich plasma injection in his back and has just begun conditioning work in Arizona, without baseball activity.
• Buster Posey, who didn't start in Sunday's finale, "has been feeling good" with his lower back, Bochy said. Posey missed three games in late May with pain.
• In the eighth inning Saturday night, left fielder Tyler Colvin caught a routine fly for the second out of the inning and gave the ball to a fan. Again, with two outs. The miscue was "embarrassing," Colvin said, "especially because we were down at that point." Fortunately for Colvin, no runners were on, the Giants came back to win, and he hasn't received any razzing from his teammates -- "yet," he said.
Willie Bans is a contributor to MLB.com. Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanhood19. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.