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He said he received a cortisone shot May 16 and has felt better since.

“So far, so good. Obviously, when you get an injection of cortisone, you feel like Superman. Nothing hurts,” he said, adding that he hopes that continues when the cortisone wears off.

Pagan played rehab games at Class-A St. Lucie and was supposed to move up to Buffalo on Thursday, but the Bisons’ game was rained out.

“Right now I have no pain in my ribs. I’ve been playing a few games in the minor leagues and I feel ready to go. So I’m very happy,” he said.

After a breakthrough season last year, Pagan got off to a very slow start in 2011. He was batting .159 with a homer and six RBIs before he got injured.

“I think I put a lot of pressure on myself,” Pagan said. “Everybody was expecting a lot from me and I was just trying to do more than I could do. So I think that’s a big mistake for me, but I learned from it and I’m ready to move on.”