Panik sitting out with stiff lower back

Giants second baseman hopes to return after Thursday's off-day

Panik sitting out with stiff lower back

SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Panik's absence from the Giants' lineup Tuesday night was originally thought to be a day of rest, but manager Bruce Bochy admitted following the team's 5-2 loss to the Brewers that his second baseman is dealing with lower back stiffness.

Bochy said he plans to give Panik another day off Wednesday and hopes he will be able to return following the team's off-day Thursday.

"It's not worth the risk," Bochy said.

Panik said he will see how his back feels Wednesday and plans to take it day by day.

"It's one of those things that's part of the season; you have to deal with it," Panik said. "Having the off-day definitely will help clear things up."

Bochy characterized Panik's absence as precautionary, but if Panik were to miss an extended period of time, it would be a big blow for a team that has dealt with a plethora of injuries.

Panik is hitting .309 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs in his first full season in the big leagues and leads all National League second basemen with a 3.7 Wins Above Replacement, according to Fangraphs.

Oliver Macklin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.