Joe Panik back in lineup tonight; Hunter Pence not far behind

Joe Panik back in lineup tonight; Hunter Pence not far behind

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SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants have the worst record in baseball (2-9) since the All-Star break. Partly due to having several injuries to the starting lineup. Not to knock the guys who came up from the Sacramento Rivercats to fill in but the Giants have been missing several key players in what has made them so successful this year.

General Manager, Bobby Evans announced earlier today that Second Baseman, Joe Panik would be back in the Giants lineup this evening in the first game of a the series with the Nationals; a team who has a similar record as the Giants.

Johnny Cueto has not only proved to be one of the best free agent acquisitions in Major League Baseball this year but he has also been the Giants best pitcher to date with a 13-2 record and a 2.53 ERA with 128 strikeouts.

Jul 10, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Hunter Pence (8) third from left is greeted at home plate by second baseman Joe Panik (12), catcher Buster Posey (28), and third baseman Matt Duffy (5) after hitting a grand slam home run in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 10, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Hunter Pence (8) third from left is greeted at home plate by second baseman Joe Panik (12), catcher Buster Posey (28), and third baseman Matt Duffy (5) after hitting a grand slam home run in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants bullpen has struggled mightily and they have not seemed to have found an answer or grove. It will be interesting to see whether or not GM, Bobby Evans makes any moves down the stretch to shore up the flimsy and inconsistent bullpen.

With all that said, the offense should receive a boost with Panik back in the grove tonight. Hunter Pence is on schedule to return this weekend and Third Baseman, Matt Duffy won’t trail too far behind him should all things go well with his rehab assignment.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:15pm PST.

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