NEW YORK -- Friday's blowout loss at Citi Field stung in a different way on Saturday morning. Second baseman Joe Panik pulled up while running to first in the ninth inning and has a mild groin strain. Panik was out of Saturday's lineup and won't play Sunday, either.
"Joe is doing alright, but he probably needs a couple days," manager Bruce Bochy said.
Panik could be available to pinch-hit. Kelby Tomlinson gets two days at second, against Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. Bochy said he's happy Tomlinson gets a chance to find his rhythm with a couple starts, but, "these aren't the type of guys I'd usually start him against." There isn't a tougher back-to-back for National League right-handed hitters than this one.
This is the place where Aubrey Huff played second base four years ago, and Bochy said he'll get creative if he has to. Matt Duffy can play second if something happens to Tomlinson, with Conor Gillaspie going in at third. Trevor Brown, a former infielder, has been taking ground balls since the Ehire Adrianza injury. "I think he would be fine if we had to put him out there," Bochy said.
Bochy feels he has enough infield coverage, so the Giants used their roster move on Vin Mazzaro. Mike Broadway was optioned to Triple-A a day after throwing three innings of relief, and Mazzaro, a former A's prospect who was in big league camp, becomes the new long man. Mazzaro has been throwing well in Triple-A and Bochy said he can go three-plus innings or 50-plus pitches if needed.
Broadway actually ran into Mazzaro as he left the clubhouse and congratulated him. He wished him luck and gave him a hug, a classy gesture. Bochy said he learned a lot about Broadway on Friday night.
"What a job he did after probably one of his worst innings ever," Bochy said. "He felt horrible. To come back and give us two innings like that says a lot about him."
To clear a 40-man spot for Mazzaro, the Giants released Ian Gardeck, a hard-throwing relief prospect who had Tommy John surgery last month. Hunter Strickland was released and re-signed after having TJ two years ago, and it wouldn't be a surprise if the Giants do the same thing here.
One more thing on the roster: Bochy said he'll stick to 13 pitchers for now. He doesn't see a change anytime soon. "They're getting plenty of work still," he said. "We have no plans on changing that right now."