SAN FRANCISCO -- No news wasn't necessarily good news for the San Francisco Giants on the Angel Pagan front Wednesday. However, it could have been a lot worse.

The center fielder flew to Los Angeles for an examination with Dr. Robert Watkins, a back specialist, hoping to avoid surgery on what is now being called a bulging disk in his lower back.

Watkins recommended a second epidural injection, which Pagan agreed to get Thursday.

The hope is that Pagan, after resting through the weekend, will be able to return to some baseball activities as early as Monday. Similar hopes were quickly dashed when the back pain returned following a similar injection Pagan got last month in the Bay Area.

Pagan hasn't played since June 14.