Panik's MRI, CAT scan confirm diagnosis

Tests on second baseman show lower back inflammation

Panik's MRI, CAT scan confirm diagnosis

ATLANTA -- Giants second baseman Joe Panik underwent tests and examinations in San Francisco on Wednesday that confirmed the initial diagnosis of his injury as lower back inflammation, manager Bruce Bochy said.

The Giants remain hopeful that Panik, one of their four 2015 All-Stars, will be fit to rejoin the active roster when he's eligible for activation on Aug. 17. In 97 games this year, Panik is batting .309 with an .817 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage).

Bochy said that the battery of tests Panik underwent included an MRI and a CAT scan. The Giants also announced that Panik received a cortisone shot.

Though Ehire Adrianza started the previous three games in Panik's absence, rookie Kelby Tomlinson received his first Major League start Wednesday.

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