Panik went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday against the Yankees. Panik was the lone bright spot for the Blue Jays as the team was crushed 13-2. He delivered a solo home run in the ninth inning, his first long ball of the season. The absence of Teoscar Hernandez (oblique) had benefited Panik, as Cavan Biggio had shifted to the outfield on a part-time basis. However, with Hernandez back, it may be more difficult for Panik to find consistent plate appearances down the stretch.
Panik will start at third base and will bat fifth Wednesday against the Yankees. Panik will stick in the lineup for the fourth time in five games, as Rowdy Tellez's knee injury has indirectly opened up an extra spot for him in Toronto's starting nine in the short term. After going 10-for-21 with six walks in his last seven games, Panik will be rewarded with an assignment in the No. 5 spot in the batting order, the highest he's hit all season.
Panik went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, two RBI and a run Sunday in the Blue Jays' 10-8 win over the Red Sox. Panik feasted on Boston's beleaguered pitching staff during the five-game series, supplying seven hits and drawing four walks. Though he started in four of those contests, Panik is expected to remain on the bench more often than not when all of Cavan Biggio, Travis Shaw and Jonathan Villar are healthy and available. The veteran will return to the bench for Monday's series opener versus the Yankees.
Panik is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins. The Blue Jays have largely been getting by with a platoon of Joe Panik and Santiago Espinal at shortstop after Bo Bichette (knee) went down with an injury Aug. 15, but the deadline-day acquisition of Jonathan Villar likely pushes both Panik and Espinal back into full-time bench roles for the foreseeable future. Panik has posted a career-worst .555 OPS through 66 plate appearances this season.
Panik will start at shortstop and will bat eighth Sunday against the Orioles. Set to make his third straight start, Panik has seemingly supplanted Santiago Espinal as the primary option at shortstop while Bo Bichette (knee) is sidelined. Panik is batting .204 with no home runs or steals across 58 plate appearances this season, so he's more of an AL-only consideration at this point.
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