MILWAUKEE -- Angel Pagan walked around the visiting clubhouse at Miller Park, shaking hands with a big smile on his face. The center fielder was brought off the disabled list Thursday and put back atop the lineup.

"He looks great," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's very excited to be here. It's nice to put him in the lineup."

Pagan hasn't played since June 14 because of a bulging disk and inflammation in his lower back. He was hitting .307 with a .356 on-base percentage at the time of the injury. With Pagan back, Hunter Pence shifted down to the No. 2 spot, giving Bochy his ideal duo in front of Buster Posey.

San Francisco Giants’ Angel Pagan welcomes Brandon Crawford after he scores against the Minnesota Twins in the seventh inning at AT&T Park in San
San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan welcomes Brandon Crawford after he scores against the Minnesota Twins in the seventh inning at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif. on Friday, May 23, 2014. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group) ( Jim Gensheimer )

The lineup isn't whole, though. Brandon Belt had headaches Wednesday night and team trainer Dave Groeschner suggested Belt get a day off. The first baseman missed 12 games with a concussion recently, but the Brewers' team doctor checked on Belt and did not think the concussion symptoms had resurfaced.

To clear a roster spot for Pagan, the Giants optioned Matt Duffy to the minors. He likely will join Triple-A Fresno. Duffy was 1 for 10 in less than a week up in the majors, and wasn't going to play much going forward because Joe Panik has grabbed the everyday job at second base.



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