Center fielder Angel Pagan might be able to tell reporters he feels fine, but when his manager asks, he has to be more forthright. When Bruce Bochy asked, Pagan admitted to persistent soreness in his right knee that was evident in the way he moved Tuesday night.

Bochy insisted Pagan does not have a serious injury, but said Wednesday that the 32-year-old will come to the ballpark when the team is off Thursday for treatment and possible diagnostic tests.

"We want to make sure he's OK, make sure nothing's going on," Bochy said after penning a lineup without Pagan. He grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.

Bochy has good reason to be cautious. He saw what life was like without Pagan atop the lineup for three months last season, and it was not pretty. Pagan was out with a left hamstring tendon injury that ultimately required surgery. The Giants were 39-32 when Pagan played and 37-54 when he did not.