San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik hasn’t looked like himself of late—five hits in his last six games—and the reason behind his struggles might have been revealed Monday.

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Panik Heads to 15-Day DL

Monday, Aug. 3

The Giants announced that Panik is suffering from lower back inflammation and will head to the 15-day disabled list.

The 24-year-old was hitting .316 as recently as July 22, but his average has slipped to .309 following Saturday’s 9-7 win over the Texas Rangers. His on-base percentage has also dropped slightly from .383 to .374 during that span.

A back injury could certainly help explain in part why Panik is struggling a bit at the plate.

As part of the announcement about Panik‘s DL stint, San Francisco revealed Kelby Tomlinson will be called up from Triple-A to fill out the roster.

Until Panik is healthy enough to play again, the Giants will likely use some combination of Tomlinson and Ehire Adrianza at second base.

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