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Giants place Joe Panik on 10-day disabled list

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Giants second baseman Joe Panik is headed to the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain, club manager Bruce Bochy said Friday. Panik will undergo an MRI on Saturday, which should give the team a better idea of the severity of his injury and help determine a timetable for his return to the field. A corresponding move has yet to be announced.

The 27-year-old infielder was forced to make a premature exit after suffering the injury during the fourth inning of Friday’s 3-2 win over the Cardinals. He laced a two-out single out to left field, then attempted to score from second base on a Gorkys Hernandez double. Halfway between second and third, however, his gait became more uneven and it was quickly apparent that he was experiencing considerable discomfort. He was replaced by pinch-runner/second baseman Austin Slater, who finished out the game with two uneventful at-bats.

This will be Panik’s second trip to the disabled list in 2018 after he was sidelined just under five weeks following surgery on his left thumb. When healthy, he’s been moderately productive at the plate, and exited Friday’s game batting .240/.309/.345 with 12 extra-base hits and a .654 OPS on the year.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.