The Giants put together their first winning home stand since late May, and their first back-to-back home game wins since July 7th. Unfortunately, those victories came at the price of an injury.
Their red-hot second baseman Joe Panik dislocated his pinky on a slide into second base in the 8th inning. He was ultimately safe after a challenge by the Phillies, and would go on to to score a run before being pulled from the game.
Manager Bruce Bochy addressed the media after the game and said Panik had his pinky relocated, and will know further this evening as to the extent of what time Panik will miss. Hank Schulman tweets:
Panik getting X-rays after dislocating right pinkie. Prognosis uncertain. Doc reset it. #sfgiants
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) August 17, 2014
Sanchez Carried off the Field on Saturday
After taking a foul-tip off his mask, Hector Sanchez was carried off the field by his own teammates last night. Sanchez was playing in a rehab game in Fresno, and was apparently taken out as a “precautionary measure”. However, the situation seems anything but precautionary.
Sanchez continues to experience setbacks in his recovery from the concussion he experienced earlier on. Being a foul tip magnet is not good for the 24 year old Venezuelan, and it would be ill-advised of the Giants to keep him catching.
Belt to see Concussion Specialist
After experiencing a setback in a concussion rehab of his own, Brandon Belt will see a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh while the Giants are on the road in Chicago.
The Giants will have no problem filling in for an ailing Belt, as they have plenty of first basemen to take care of it. Belt has only played in 51 games this season.