Joe Panik has become sort of what Martin Prado was a few years ago: On the surface, the numbers don't stand out, but he averaged more Head-to-Head points per game last year than Ian Kinsler and Robinson Cano, to name a couple. It wouldn't have seemed possible at this time a year ago because even though he hit over .300 as a rookie in 2014, it was completely hollow; he homered just one time in 269 at-bats. It's not like he was on pace for 20 homers before hurting his back last year -- an injury that cost him more or less the final two months -- but he contributed a relevant number to go along with plenty of doubles pop. You can think of Panik as kind of a fresher version of Dustin Pedroia and draft him accordingly, targeting him in the middle rounds.
Giants infielder Joe Panik (back) was placed on the 60-day DL on Wednesday, John Shea of The San Francisco Chronicle reports. Manager Bruce Bochy had suggested Panik's season was likely over following his latest setback, but this roster move makes it official. It's a tough way for his sophomore season to end, but Panik turned in strong production when on the field, batting .312/.378/.455 with eight homers and 37 RBI. Kelby Tomlinson will remain the starting second baseman the rest of the way.
With Joe Panik (back) likely being shut down for the season, Giants infielder Kelby Tomlinson will see regular playing time down the stretch. Tomlinson has done a nice job in Panik's stead, slashing .295/.351/.410 in 105 at-bats. He can provide help in both the batting average and stolen base departments down the stretch.
Giants second baseman Joe Panik underwent an MRI on his ailing back on Monday. Panik has not played since leaving Wednesday's game with back discomfort. But he also spent over a month on the disabled list with the back injury, and manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged that Panik may not return this season, according to Comcast Bay Area.
Discomfort in his back caused Giants infielder Joe Panik to leave Wednesday's loss to the D-Backs prematurely, reports CSN Bay Area. Panik went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts before exiting. He will be reevaluated Thursday.
Giants infielder Joe Panik made his first start Tuesday since Aug. 1 and he made the most of his chances. Panik went 2 for 3 with a walk, double and home run during Tuesday's win over D-Backs. He scored two runs and drove in two. Panik was recently activated off the disabled list after dealing with a back issue. Panik suffered a sprained right index finger during Tuesday's contest, but he remained in the game, reports The San Francisco Chronicle.