NEW YORK -- There has been some confusion since Joe Panik was kept out of the lineup Thursday evening, and part of that is because the Giants had just said that he's not "feeling great." But general manager Bobby Evans said the break in his rehab has nothing to do with any lingering dizziness or lock of focus from his concussion.
Evans said Panik didn't feel like he had his timing while playing 12 innings over two days for the River Cats, and the staff didn't want to push him since he's coming off a long break for a concussion. So he spent yesterday focusing on baseball work on the side, and today was a travel day. It's possible he plays tomorrow.
"The pace was picking up pretty fast in the number of games and pitches and at-bats he was taking," Evans said. "Because it's not a hamstring or shoulder, the tendency is to try to go zero-to-100."
Evans said that after getting feedback from Panik, they decided to back off a bit. This is where it's important to point out that Panik had a delayed reaction to getting hit by a fastball, and the symptoms weren't overwhelming when he was put on the DL. Still, they were there, and it's possible there's something there now that has made Panik and the Giants uneasy aside from any timing issues at the plate.
Given that Panik is coming off a brain injury, it really doesn't matter. The best play is the slow play.
"What we don't want to do with a concussion is have any window where symptoms could occur," Evans said.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Panik will continue to be evaluated, and regardless, the rehab process will be slowed. The Giants originally thought Panik could come home to New York to play in this series, but even if he's back on the field for the River Cats on Saturday, it sounds like more off days will be built in as he works his way back to the Giants.
The same holds true for Hunter Pence. He hit a homer and double yesterday in his second rehab game, but he's off today. He'll play Saturday and is said to be doing well.
If Panik and Pence end up rehabbing into next weekend, the Triple-A lineup could be almost as loaded as the big league one. Matt Duffy (Achilles) has had a good week at the team's facility in Scottsdale and could be on a rehab assignment within the next week. Ehire Adrianza (foot), who has five homers in nine rehab games, is moving from San Jose to Sacramento to continue his progress.
Finally, Cory Gearrin (shoulder) went all-out in a bullpen session and should start a rehab assignment in the coming days.
--- Bochy stuck to his guns, and Madison Bumgarner won't hit for himself tonight. Bochy said he never even really thought about it.
"It's pretty hot out here," he said. "I don't want my pitcher running around."
It's more than pretty hot. It's scorching, and the weekend will be worse. Keep that in mind as pitching changes and any lineup changes are made. On that note, shoutout to the security guard outside the visiting clubhouse who confiscated my water!
--- If you missed it yesterday, here's Brian Sabean talking about the bullpen market and the type of pitcher he would like to add. Pretty candid stuff there.