Giants second baseman Joe Panik is on a rehab assignment in Sacramento. I think he’s ready to come back to San Francisco:
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.
Confirming various reports, Giants general manager Bobby Evans told Chris Haft of MLB.com that the team has made a trade offer to the Phillies for six-time All-Star second baseman Chase Utley.
Utley has the ability to block any trade and there’s speculation that he wants assurances–either playing time or financial–from a prospective new team before agreeing to a move.
Utley hit just .179 in 65 games before going on the disabled list, but he’s shown some signs of life since returning last week by going 7-for-17 (.412) with three doubles in five games.
He’s owed about $4 million for the remainder of this season and Utley’s contract includes a $15 million option for 2016 that will fail to vest based on his limited playing time.
San Francisco second baseman Joe Panik is currently on the disabled list with a back injury, but it’s not expected to be season-ending and the assumption is that the Giants want Utley for a part-time role.