Giants manager Bruce Bochy is hoping to get second baseman Joe Panik back from the disabled list during the first week of September, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Panik has been out since August 3 due to inflammation in his lower back.
Panik was hitting .309/.374/.443 with seven home runs and 35 RBI in 423 plate appearances prior to the injury. The Giants were among the teams interested in Chase Utley, who has since landed with the Dodgers. In Panik’s absence, the Giants have had to rely on Ehire Adrianza and Kelby Tomlinson.
Joe Panik’s breakout season has been put on hold, as the Giants placed the All-Star second baseman on the disabled list with lower back inflammation.
Panik hit .305 in his debut last season, but homered just once in 73 games. This year he’s hitting .309 with seven homers, 25 doubles, and nearly as many walks (37) as strikeouts (42) in 97 games for a 105-point jump in OPS to make him one of the best all-around second baseman in baseball.
Ehire Adrianza and Kelby Tomlinson are the likely fill-ins at second base, where Panik has started 93 of 104 games.
Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News reports that the Giants have called up second baseman Dan Uggla from Triple-A Fresno. Utility infielder Tony Abreu will join him. In related moves, the Giants placed Ehire Adrianza and Marco Scutaro on the 15-day disabled list, and designated infielder Nick Noonan and pitcher Jose De Paula for assignment. Uggla will bat seventh in tonight’s starting lineup against the Dodgers.
Uggla, 34, had a miserable year with the Braves, slashing .162/.241/.231 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 145 plate appearances. Towards the end of May, the Braves started to reduce his playing time in favor of rookie Tommy La Stella. The Braves finally decided to release him on July 18, which allowed the Giants to sign him to a minor league deal earlier this week.
In nine plate appearances with Fresno, Uggla drew two walks, singled, and doubled.