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

Angel Pagan

San Francisco Giants’ Angel Pagan reacts after striking out against Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen during the 10th inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, July 27, 2012. The Dodgers won 5-3 in 10 innings. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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.