‘Good chance’ Joe Panik needs thumb surgery

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Giants second baseman Joe Panik will see a specialist in Los Angeles to determine the severity of his thumb injury. Manager Bruce Bochy said on Sunday that there’s a “good chance” Panik will need thumb surgery.

Kelby Tomlinson and Alen Hanson are expected to handle second base while Panik is out. Pavlovic notes that Panik’s injury usually comes with a timetable of six to eight weeks.

Panik, 27, has been struggling at the plate since mid-April. In 10 games between April 15-27, he hit .184 with no extra-base hits across 41 plate appearances.