Panik was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list as expected Wednesday. Panik should fill a utility role for the Marlins down the stretch. He's hit just .216/.282/.300 in 210 trips to the plate this year.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Panik will likely be reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday, when Miami's roster expands from 26 to 28 men, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports. Since Panik is on the COVID-19 IL, the Marlins may need to remove a player from the 40-man roster to facilitate a spot for the veteran utility man, even though nobody will have to be optioned off the active roster. Panik was placed on the COVID-19 IL on Aug. 13, but despite having not completed a minor-league rehab assignment, the 30-year-old looks to be healthy at this point.
Panik was placed on the injured list for an unspecified reason Friday, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports. Panik had been out of the lineup in four of the last six games and went 3-for-11 with a double, three runs and two walks during that time. Since the Marlins didn't give a reason for the 30-year-old's placement on the injured list, it suggests that he's likely on the COVID-19 IL. It's not clear whether he's tested positive for the virus, but he'll be eligible to return once he passes through the league's health and safety protocols.
Panik remains out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports. Panik's playing time looked to be on the upswing in the middle of July, but even with the Marlins moving a few other veterans ahead of Friday's trade deadline, the 30-year-old hasn't been able to capture an everyday role. He'll be on the bench for a fifth straight game.
Panik will start at third base and bat sixth Sunday against the Phillies. Panik has gone 0-for-8 while starting at third base in both of Miami's last two games, but he'll continue to stick in the lineup in spite of his struggles. Jon Berti has worked as Miami's top third baseman in recent weeks while Brian Anderson (shoulder) has been on the shelf, but Berti's ability to play multiple infield and outfield spots has allowed both him and Panik to hold down semi-regular jobs in the starting nine.
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