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.
Now that Chase Utley is back from the disabled list the Phillies are very open to trading the six-time All-Star second baseman if contending teams have interest and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com says the Giants may come calling.
San Francisco second baseman Joe Panik is on the disabled list with a back injury and Salisbury reports that “the Giants had a scout in San Diego for the entire Phillies series and sources tell CSNPhilly.com that the scout was indeed keeping tabs on Utley.”
Utley was awful before going on the DL, hitting .179 in 65 games at age 36, but he played well on a brief minor-league rehab assignment and is 4-for-10 with three doubles since rejoining the Phillies’ lineup.
Salisbury notes that the Angels, Cubs, and Yankees have also been linked to Utley, who would have to waive his no-trade rights before any deal could happen.
Joe Panik has been held out of the Giants’ lineup since Saturday because of lingering inflammation in his lower back, and it doesn’t sound like the young second baseman is close to returning to action.
An MRI taken earlier this week ruled out anything major, but Giants trainer Dave Groeschner told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News on Wednesday that Panik has been administered a cortisone injection. The shot should help Panik get over the back discomfort, but it’s likely to extend his absence a little further. Kelby Tomlinson filled in at second base Wednesday and went 2-for-4 with three RBI in San Francisco’s defeat of the Braves.
Panik, 24, owns a cool .309/.374/.443 slash line 97 games this season for the Giants.