Pena (groin) has been scratched from the Giants lineup on Wednesday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Pena took a ground ball to the groin in Tuesday's game and is not feeling well enough to play on Wednesday. After a hot June with the Giants, Pena has slowed down in July, hitting just .240/.283/.380 in 85 at-bats. With the reports of Joe Panik possibly being activated this weekend, Pena will see his playing time diminish extensively.
Pena will make his fourth straight start at second base Sunday against the Padres. The Giants have been decimated by a number of injuries to position players over the last few weeks, and everyday second baseman Joe Panik (concussion) has been no exception. Panik's ongoing absence has paved the way for Pena to pick up regular action at the keystone, and while he's gone 4-for-13 during that span, he doesn't pack much power or speed into his profile. Moreover, Panik appears to be closing in on a return, so any fantasy value Pena delivers will be short lived.
Pena has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. A collision with Mac Williamson in shallow right field Wednesday left Pena limping, but an MRI revealed no structural damage. The Giants will have to play a man down for a little while, with Pena expected to need 5-to-7 days before returning to the field, although there's some hope he will be available to pinch hit at some point this weekend.
Pena is in Monday's lineup and batting seventh against the Athletics. Coming off a 2-for-4 outing on Sunday night, Pena will be starting his third straight game. With Pena starting at shortstop, Brandon Crawford will have the night off. Pena may earn more starts in coming games, as he's been sharing third base with Conor Gillaspie while Matt Duffy (Achilles) is on the DL.
Pena got the start at second base and went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the 8-7 win over Philadelphia on Sunday. Pena has been getting some extra run of late with Matt Duffy (Achilles) sidelined and several Giants' regulars getting rest days. He has seen at least two plate appearances in six of the club's last seven games. Over that span, he has hit .409 (9-for-21) with three runs and two RBI. There isn't a strict platoon at third between he and Conor Gillaspie, but manager Bruce Bochy seems to be finding a way to get both of them in the lineup several times a week as the Giants look to rest their starters during a stretch where they have played 10-consecutive games and have 10 more games ahead of them without a scheduled off day.