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Let’s do it again: Angel Pagan punches something, leaves game

Jul 31, 2012, 2:46 AM EDT

Angel Pagan AP

San Francisco’s Angel Pagan became the second player to leave a game Monday after punching a dugout surface in frustration, joining Boston’s Ryan Sweeney.

Pagan was taken out after six innings with the Giants up 4-2 tonight, and he was missed afterwards, as the Mets went on to win a wild one 8-7 in 10 innings. Gregor Blanco went 0-for-3 after replacing Pagan in center field.

Unlike Sweeney, it appears Pagan avoided serious injury. The early word is that it’s just a bruise and that he’s day-to-day. Sweeney is expected to land on the disabled list with his injury.

Either players will start taking note and figuring out that there are better ways to take out frustration or teams are going to have to start investing in padded Gatorade coolers. Apart from touching Adrian Beltre‘s head, there’s no better way to get hurt in the dugout than punching a wall.

  1. jimtron11 - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Well, at least Pagan opted against taking his frustrations out on the clubhouse fan. I see you, Hanley Ramirez…

  2. natslady - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    Ha. “No better way?” How about slamming a bat against the wall, having it come back to hit you in the forehead, and then your teammate thinking it would be cool if you went back on the field with blood streaming down your face? I’m looking at you, Bryce Harper. (And Rick Ankiel.)

  3. paperlions - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Why not just put a speed bag in every dug out?

  4. blabidibla - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Pagan managed to hit something?

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