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OAKLAND The Giants spent two months charging to the front of the NL West. Now they are limping to the All Star break. And the limp is becoming more pronounced by the day.
The Giants officially placed second baseman Joe Panik on the 7 day disabled list with what Manager Bruce Bochy termed a mild concussion.
The club purchased the contract of former Mets and Cardinals infielder Ruben Tejada, who is in Wednesdays lineup at third base as the Bay Bridge series shifts to the Coliseum for the final two games.
Panik joins third baseman Matt Duffy, outfielder Hunter Pence, infielder Kelby Tomlinson, infielder Ehire Adrianza, right hander Matt Cain and right hander Sergio Romo on the disabled list.
The Giants had signed Tejada to a minor league contract just two weeks ago after the St. Louis Cardinals had cut him loose. He was batting .205 with one home run in 11 games for Triple A Sacrament0.
With Ramiro Pea and Brandon Crawford the only middle infielders on the active roster, and no other backups on the 40 man roster, the Giants had to purchase Tejadas contract before they could make an honest evaluation of him. For now, Bochy said Tejada would play third base against left handed pitchers the Giants will face lefties in four of the next five games while Pea handles second base.
Hes experienced and hopefully his bat will help the back end of the order, Bochy said of the 26 year old from Panama, who is a career .258/.328/.322 hitter in seven big league seasons.
Angel Pagan will continue as the No.2 hitter in Paniks absence.
Panik, who experienced headcaches and a general unwell feeling before being scratched from Tuesdays lineup, underwent tests at Stanford University Medical Center that confirmed he had a concussion. Bochy said the hope is that Panik would be ready when eligible July 4, which would allow him to play the final five games before the All Star break.
But Bochy acknowledged that concussions are difficult to predict; players like Brandon Belt, Nori Aoki and Gregor Blanco all missed significantly more time last season than first anticipated.
Panik was struck by a pitch in the back of the helmet June 18 at Tampa Bay but didnt complain of any symptoms until 10 days later, Bochy said.
Tejada is best known as the player that the Dodgers Chase Utley took out with a hard and late slide in the NLDS last October, which brought about the new rules this season meant to protect middle infielders.
Tejada sustained a fractured leg in the collision but said he felt 100 percent by late December and came to spring training ready to play. The Cardinals were convinced he could help them while Jhonny Peralta missed the start of the season; they gave him a $1.5 million contract after the Mets released him. But Tejada sustained a calf injury just prior to opening day, and then young shortstop Aledmys Diaz took the job and ran with it.
Tejada said he was excited for an opportunity with another winning team and a shot at returning to the playoffs. He said he didnt think about the fact that he and Utley are now on the other end of one of baseballs most storied rivalries.
He said he and Utley havent spoken since the slide and the injury. And oddly enough, the new rule is something hes still getting used to.
They changed the rule now, so everything is different,
Tejada said. Ill stay focused, because you never know.
Tomlinson (sprained left thumb) is taking grounders and hitting in the cage. Hell see live pitching Saturday and Sunday as the designated hitter for Single A San Jose, then continue on to Triple A Sacramento to play the infield.
Romo (strained right flexor elbow tendon) could be activated by Sunday at the earliest. He will make another set of back to back appearances for Sacramento on Thursday and Friday, Bochy said.
Duffy (left Achilles strain) is eligible July 5, and continues to ramp up activities. But the Giants likely will wait until after the break to activate him.
In the meantime well, if someone else gets hurt in the middle of the diamond, and the Giants insist on keeping top prospect Christian Arroyo in Double A, then I think Miguel Tejada might be next on the depth chart.
To create space on the 40 man roster for Tejada, the Giants recalled Chris Heston and placed him on the 60 day disabled list. Heston strained an oblique in his last start for Triple A Sacramento, and was going to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.
As a consequence of the roster move, Heston will now make the major league portion of his split contract the big league minimum annual salary is $507,500 while hes on the disabled list for the next two months. The guess here is that Hestons minor league annual salary was nearer to $150,000, maybe.
Take the prorated difference between the two numbers and Heston essentially will make more than $100,000 for being on the big league DL. Thats picking money off the street, pretty much.
Heston also accrues big league service time while on the DL, which can come in handy as he approaches arbitration.
One other wrinkle on the Heston move: the Giants must be really convinced that Hunter Pence will beat his eight week projection to return from hamstring surgery at some point in July. They couldve put him on the 60 day DL, instead, and saved some money. But then, Pence wouldnt be eligible until Aug. 1.
The Giants obviously think a lot of Pence that theyd spend six figures on the chance that maybe he might be available to play an extra series or two. has documented the most eventful era in San Francisco Giants baseball history, having covered the team since 2004 for three major media outlets including the San Jose Mercury News and the Oakland Tribune. Baggarlys other notable life accomplishments include running as the Bratwurst in the Milwaukee Sausage Race and becoming a three time Jeopardy! champion.