Here is a pretty good rule of thumb on fame: You don’t want to hear your name end a sentence that begins, “Whatever happened to … ?” As in, whatever happened to Joe Panik, the Giants everyday second baseman, the Opening Day leadoff hitter who homered off Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen in the first two games of the season at Dodger Stadium for a pair of 1-0 wins? At the same venue this week, Panik rode the bench aside from one strikeout as a pinch-hitter. In fairness, he would have had a second at-bat had Austin Slater not been thrown out at home to end the ninth inning Tuesday night. Through the course of a season, playing time waxes and wanes, but usually for backups or fringe starters. Panik’s disappearance during the Dodgers series reflected a rarity for the Giants, the marginalization of a 27-year-old mainstay. Or, as manager Bruce Bochy calls them, “our guys.” In a season that devolved through a hitting decline and injuries to his thumb … [Read more...] about Whatever happened to the Giants’ Joe Panik?
By Kerry Crowley | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: July 10, 2018 at 5:03 pm | UPDATED: July 10, 2018 at 5:21 pm SAN FRANCISCO–Injuries have robbed the Giants of several key contributors throughout the season, but Joe Panik is the first position player to be sent to the disabled list for two separate ailments. Manager Bruce Bochy said Panik was diagnosed with a “mild-to-moderate” groin strain while trainer Dave Groeschner said the injury could leave the club without one of its starting infielders for the next three weeks. Panik arrived in the clubhouse Tuesday and said he’s still sore after injuring himself while running the bases July 6 against the Cardinals, but he’s hoping to begin working out again by the weekend. Panik fractured his thumb April 27 against the Dodgers and missed more than a month after undergoing surgery to heal the injury. After returning from the disabled list, Panik’s average climbed as … [Read more...] about Giants provide timetable for Joe Panik’s injury absence
By Matt Schneidman | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group July 7, 2018 at 11:53 am SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants knew it was coming, but they announced Saturday morning that second baseman Joe Panik is officially headed to the 10-day disabled list after straining his left groin running the bases on Friday night. Panik pulled up nearing third on a Gorkys Hernandez double into the left-field corner. Austin Slater replaced him on third, and later moved to left field while Alen Hanson moved to second base. Panik’s MRI was completed as of Saturday at 11:30 a.m., but the Giants hadn’t received the results yet. Giants manager Bruce Bochy will have an estimate on how long Panik will be out after Saturday’s game. “Joe’s just a steady player. He’s a good left-handed bat, steady at second, just a solid player,” Bochy said Friday night. ” … We missed him before. He’s been on the DL, and we have to overcome … [Read more...] about Giants’ Joe Panik heads to DL, Chris Stratton sent to minors
Joe Panik scurried around second and headed for third. Ron Wotus, from the coach’s box, waved his arms to motion Panik to the plate with the tie-breaking run. The Giants were about to take their first lead since Monday on Gorkys Hernandez’s double. Panik never made it home. He hobbled into third and went directly into the Giants’ clubhouse with a strained left groin, the latest injury in a rough year for the second baseman. The Giants pulled out a 3-2 victory over St. Louis, snapping a four-game losing streak, and now must figure out the extent of Panik’s injury and what to do in his absence, whatever the length. As Panik was getting examined, rookie pitcher Dereck Rodriguez and three veteran hitters carried the Giants. Pablo Sandoval homered in the sixth, and Hunter Pence hit a pinch single in the seventh and scored on Andrew McCutchen’s game-deciding single, his first hit in his last eight at-bats with runners in scoring position. Panik already missed 31 … [Read more...] about Giants beat Cards, but Joe Panik going to DL
AT&T PARK — San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik suffered a strained left groin running toward third base after a double by center fielder Gorkys Hernandez on Friday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. He exited the game and was replaced by Austin Slater. Upon entering the dugout in the fourth inning, Panik could be seen walking down toward the clubhouse. Slater was inserted into left field the next half inning, while starting left fielder Alen Hanson moved to second base. Panik, who already missed time due to a thumb injury, is hitting .237 with four home runs. He’s struggled to find a rhythm at the plate this year. Slater was called up two weeks ago from Triple-A Sacramento. He’s considered one of San Francisco’s top prospects, but he has only made seven starts in his 14 games with the club. The Giants are currently without third baseman Evan Longoria (broken hand) until at least early August, and Panik’s injury could deal another blow to … [Read more...] about Joe Panik leaves game with strained groin