The Giants will place second baseman Joe Panik on the 10-day disabled, skipper Bruce Bochy told reporters after tonight’s game. The injury took place when Panik was running the bases this evening, forcing him out of the contest.
As Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area was among those to tweet, Panik is headed for an MRI tomorrow to fully assess the injury. Clearly, though, it’s not promising that it’s already clear he’ll require a stretch on the DL.
As Bochy put it, Panik “did a pretty good job on” the muscle. It’s impossible to guess at the duration of an absence, but certainly a significant strain could lead to a lengthy stretch away from the field.
News of this sort is never welcome, but it’s especially unfortunate for a Giants club that was finally nearing full health. It always seemed a tough task for this roster to hang in the NL West race, but it has done so to this point.
For the time being, it seems likely that Alen Hanson — who has been quite the pleasant surprise this year in San Francisco — will step in for Panik. Of course, Hanson has been deployed recently in left field, so there’ll be a trickle-down effect on the roster.