Q&A with Angel Pagan

METAIRIE, La. – Cubs outfielder Angel Pagan, on the disabled list since April with a strained left hamstring, is on a rehab assignment for Triple-A Iowa this week and was in the starting lineup on Monday night in New Orleans. After the game, we visited with Pagan for a few minutes and asked him about the road to recovery, and more.

Inside The Ivy: The most important question is -- how are you feeling?

Angel Pagan: I'm feeling well. The hamstring was a little worse than they had thought. I've been rehabbing for two months straight. Right now, it feels great. It's pain free and so far, so good. It didn't give me any problems tonight. Hopefully, I'll get back as soon as I can and go back up to Chicago and perform again.

Inside The Ivy: How did it feel getting back out there tonight in a real game?

Angel Pagan: It felt great. I wanted to play nine innings, but they wanted to take it easy on me. I feel great and again the main thing is it's pain-free.

Inside The Ivy: How about defensively?

Angel Pagan: Beautiful, just beautiful to see the grass of the outfield. I was rehabbing in Arizona, but I wanted to go somewhere and compete before I went to the big leagues.

Inside The Ivy: What was your initial reaction after you felt the injury happen?

Angel Pagan: I wouldn't say I was worried. I was more upset because I'd worked so hard to make my first big league club. That was the first thing that entered my mind -- all of the hard work I did in the off-season. But I never let myself down and went back to Arizona to work on myself and my injury.

Inside The Ivy: With some of the outfielders struggling in Chicago, how much do you entertain the thought of more playing time once you're 100 percent?

Angel Pagan: You definitely do, especially with (Tony) Womack hurt and (Freddie) Bynum hurt. That's going to give me a lot more chances. I'm looking for those opportunities so that I can help my team. I just want to help a ball club win games and I'm going to do everything in my power to help that happen.

Inside The Ivy: Best of luck to you, Angel!

Angel Pagan: Thank you!

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