‘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.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.