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Panik sitting out to rest sprained left thumb

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that Joe Panik's sprained left thumb will likely keep the second baseman out of the lineup until early next week.

Confirming statements he made late Friday night, Bochy said Panik has not done any baseball activities since injuring himself while diving to his right for Paolo Espino's grounder up the middle at Milwaukee.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that Joe Panik's sprained left thumb will likely keep the second baseman out of the lineup until early next week.

Confirming statements he made late Friday night, Bochy said Panik has not done any baseball activities since injuring himself while diving to his right for Paolo Espino's grounder up the middle at Milwaukee.

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"It's still a little sore so probably be off tomorrow, too," Bochy said Saturday before the Giants hosted the Minnesota Twins at AT&T Park. "He is available to come off the bench but we need this thing to calm down. I think we're looking at him starting on Tuesday."

Panik will wear a brace around his thumb until the Giants' medical staff determines he's fit to resume playing. He is being allowed to work out in the team's weight room and has done some conditioning as well but is restricted from swinging a bat.

"He's shut down," Bochy said. "He's not taking a swing or anything."

With an off-day Monday, Panik could get a four-day rest if he's not used as a pinch-hitter. The Giants open a two-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.

Panik, the National League's reigning Gold Glove winner at his position, is batting .255 with three home runs and 18 RBIs in 58 games.

"In a year, you play 162 games. Bumps and bruises are going to happen," Panik said. "It could have been a lot worse."

Morse still foggy from concussion: Michael Morse continues to experience lingering effects from a concussion he suffered in a collision with teammate Jeff Samardzija while trying to break up an on-field scuffle May 29. Bochy said the backup first baseman tried to do some cardio work Friday but was "foggy" afterward.

"Rest is the best thing for him right now," Bochy said. "He got pretty beat up in that collision and he's still recovering. We don't have him doing any baseball activities."

Morse was injured when he and Samardzija rushed out onto the field as part of a benches-clearing fracas with the Washington Nationals. Morse absorbed the brunt of the blow and suffered injured ribs as well.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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