Bruce Bochy, the Giants beat writers, and the team are just messing with our hearts and love of Joe Panik.
After initially reporting that the Giants might be without their second baseman for six weeks from a talk with Bochy, the Giants quickly updated that.
Correction: Panik is expected to miss three weeks. https://t.co/fawDC6TT4j— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) July 11, 2018
So now, it’s either three weeks, but maybe six, because groin injuries suck and generally don’t listen to doctors about when they’re supposed to go away.
This is Panik’s second DL stint of the season, and he’s been struggling while healthy, batting .240 in 54 games this year. Panik previously was on the DL and missed the month of May with a left thumb sprain.
Luckily, replacement Alen Hanson’s reckless abandon has endeared him to Giants fans in Panik’s absences this year.
Alen Hanson scores from first on an errant pick off attempt! pic.twitter.com/66eMrb95CT— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) July 10, 2018
There’s no word if Joe Panik strained his groin even more just imagining trying to do that himself.
Hanson is batting .276 in 49 at-bats this year, with career-highs in home runs (6) and doubles (13). The Giants will also likely put up Chase D’Arnaud at second as Hanson helps out at other infield positions. D’Arnaud is a career .222 hitter in the Majors, but was batting .292 with a .393 OBP in Triple-A Sacramento, with a career-high 12 home runs down there.
Other news that came out of Bochy’s talk with the beat reporters:
- Derek Holland was apparently always in line to take tonight’s start instead of Johnny Cueto to let Cueto rest. I don’t know if the beat reporters asked if Holland’s performance in a #BeltTheBallot video swayed him into the start, and if they didn’t ask, they should have.
- Andrew Suárez will probably be done for the first half*, giving him the opportunity to rest his arm for about 10 days over the All-Star Break.
- The weekend rotation is to be determined, as the remaining starters will be available this week to support a very taxed bullpen.
- Hunter Strickland had his pins taken out of his hand, and will likely begin a throwing program soon. He is targeting a late July return.
- Also, Brandon Belt is not leading the Final Vote tally, which means you are failing him by not voting right now. I shouldn’t have to provide you the link. You should already have it.