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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.

Carlos Correa likely headed to injured list again

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Per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said shortstop Carlos Correa will likely be placed on the 10-day injured list due to a back injury. Correa exited Monday’s game against the Tigers after two innings due to the back issue.

Correa, 24, missed two months between May 26 and July 26 due to a broken rib. Back issues aren’t anything new to him either, as he missed time last year with back issues as well. This season, the shortstop is batting .278/.358/.556 with 19 home runs and 56 RBI in 310 plate appearances.

Alex Bregman handled shortstop for a majority of the time Correa was out earlier this year, shifting over from third base. That could once again be the case going forward, with Yuli Gurriel taking over at the hot corner.