The move is retroactive to Aug. 10.
In a corresponding roster move, the Giants recalled outfielder Juan Perez from Triple A Sacramento in time for a two-game interleague series against the Houston Astros. Perez was hitting .265 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs in 83 games for Sacramento this season.
Pagan had a plasma-enrichment injection in the knee on Monday to try to help with the pain and said he could benefit from the time off to rest his knee.
“I was trying to battle out there, but I wasn’t helping the team much,” he said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s so hard when you depend so much on your legs and you try to make adjustments, but it just doesn’t happen. The mind is strong, but the body tells you something different. I think a few days will help me come back and help us close the season the best way possible.”
Pagan, 34, has had only 26 at-bats in August and is hitting .205 with three RBIs since the All-Star break.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the decision to put Pagan on the DL was made because the time needed to recover from the plasma injection. He also said the injury was affecting the switch-hitting Pagan primarily from the left side of the plate.
“He needs some rest from that,” Bochy said. “You can't play for a while.”
Pagan is hitting .258 with 26 RBIs in 102 games this season for San Francisco (60–52), who trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by 2 1/2 games in the National League West and are 3 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot in the NL.
- Scooby Axson