Panik pumped for AT&T debut, to 'show what he can do'

Panik pumped for AT&T debut, to 'show what he can do'
June 23, 2014, 6:00 pm
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I've known for awhile how great Giants fans are. I can't wait to get out there and show 'em what I can do.
Joe Panik

Programming note: Padres-Giants coverage starts tonight at 6:30 p.m. with Giants Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

UPDATE (Monday at 10:30 p.m.) -- Marco Scutaro will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with the Arizona League Giants, and is scheduled to play three innings.

UPDATE (Monday at 6:30 p.m.) -- The Giants have placed Ehire Adrianza on the 15-day DL retroactive to yesterday with a right hamstring strain. Juan Perez recalled and is active for Monday's game against the Padres. 

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are 2-0 with Joe Panik on the roster, and the former first-round pick will get an extended look at second base this month.

"He'll get the lion's share," manager Bruce Bochy said after revealing that Ehire Adrianza underwent an MRI on his right hamstring on Monday, which has been bothering him for a few days.

Meanwhile, Brandon Hicks has gone cold at the plate, hitless in his last 13 at-bats with just one knock in his last 22. And Marco Scutaro is looking more and more like a lost cause this season.

[RELATED: Scutaro: 'I can't get over the hump']

It helps that Panik was productive in his first two major league games. He went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a walk at the plate and completed all six of his defensive chances, which included a double play and a nice glove flip to first.

"Should do a lot for his confidence," manager Bruce Bochy said, "but I don't think he's lacking there. He looked relaxed both on defense and at the plate."

"Calm, collected, nothing's too much for him. He's a good athlete," double-play partner Brandon Crawford said. "Happy for him. He was a good player three years ago."

But the 23-year old acknowledges he "had some things I had to work on," and after two consecutive seasons playing primarily at second in the minors, Panik has achieved some level of comfort.

"I consider myself a second baseman now," said Panik, who the Giants drafted as a shortstop with the 29th overall pick in 2011.

After a memorable weekend of firsts in Arizona, Panik will never forget his MLB debut, but it will be something else entirely taking the field for the first time at AT&T Park.

"I've known for awhile how great Giants fans are," he said prior to his home debut. "I can't wait to get out there and show 'em what I can do."

[Rewind: Panik shows no fear in first big league start]

Aware Panik is the Giants' first first-round pick to be called up since Buster Posey, fans are equally eager. 

Panik wore No. 2 in college and in the minors, but he has no problems with the No. 12 issued by clubhouse manager Mike Murphy -- it was his little league number. 

If Panik can continue to play with a little-league love for the game, the Giants might have identified their second baseman of the future.

 

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