SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants center fielder Angel Pagan, who has been sidelined for four consecutive games with back stiffness, took early batting practice Saturday, but wasn't certain when he might rejoin the lineup.
Asked if he might play Sunday, a potential return date cited by manager Bruce Bochy, Pagan said, "I want to play today." But, he added, he must receive clearance to play from the medical and athletic training staffs.
"That's the protocol we have to follow," said Pagan, who's batting .250 in seven Cactus League games. "But I feel good, really good."
Posey stays mum on preparation methods
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The results of Buster Posey's offensive preparation unfold on the field for everyone to see.
The methods and details of that preparation are elements Posey would prefer not to discuss, as he said Saturday in a thoroughly pleasant mood.
"There's some stuff I work on. For some reason, I'm always hesitant to say what it is," said Posey, who entered Saturday's exhibition against Oakland with a rousing .435 batting average (10-for-23). "I don't know why I am. I just like to keep it to myself."
Posey said that he doesn't need to accumulate a certain number of at-bats before he can declare himself ready for the season.
"I think it's just about feeling good about where you are," he said. "... I think spring's a process, a combination of trying to get your swing where you want, but also get that game feel back. You can swing all you want, but until you get in a game and actually get the feel of a game, it's hard to simulate that."
The Giants catcher observed that he didn't amass an unusually high number of at-bats in 2012 after recovering from the horrific left leg injuries he sustained in May 2011 during a home-plate collision. He had 40 in the spring of 2012, compared with 54 in 2010, 48 in 2011 and 51 in 2013.
"After coming back from my injury, I don't think I had that many at-bats in the spring and I felt good going into the season," said Posey, whose batting average dipped from .336 in 2012 to .294 last year. "But there might be a year where you want a few more. There's nothing set in stone."
Flannery not changing approach as third-base coach
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The new rules designed to prevent catchers from undue bodily harm in a home-plate collision won't diminish third-base coach Tim Flannery's aggressiveness or spontaneity in sending runners around third base.
That's because Flannery doesn't have collisions in mind when he waves a Giant home.
"I never send anybody thinking, 'Hey, run the guy over,'" Flannery said Saturday. "You gamble at times, but [a baserunner] still can slide hard. You can still hit a catcher pretty good going feet-first into the plate."
Flannery noted that the decision to direct a man home becomes much easier when the runner obtains a proper "secondary lead" -- the few extra steps he takes after a pitch is delivered.
"If you don't get a great secondary lead, that's where the gamble is," Flannery said. "If the throw's off-line, you score. If the throw is on-line, the guy's out by 20 feet. That's when you have to make up your mind [based on] who's running, who's throwing, the score. But it's their responsibility to get a great secondary lead."