The San Francisco Giants announced that Joe Panik was reinstated from the disabled list after suffering from a concussion in mid-June. Infielder Grant Green, who is out of options, was designated for assignment.

Panik, 26, was hit by a pitch in the head June 18 in Tampa Bay but did not leave the game. He passed concussion protocol and ended up hitting a game-winning, three-run home run in the ninth inning. He played eight more games, slashing .212/.278/.303, before going on the disabled list. Before that stretch he was slashing .263/.327/.421 in 268 plate appearances. He had a BABIP of .272, down from his career .326 BABIP in 719 plate appearances.

The Giants have lost seven of nine, but their injured players are returning at the perfect time. Hunter Pence is less than a week away from a returning and Matt Duffy is going to start his rehab assignment in a few days. The club is currently 59-42 and just 2.5 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.

With the deadline approaching, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag reported that the Giants have expressed interest in infielders Eduardo Nunez of the Twins and free agent Alex Guerrero. The club has fine depth with Ramiro Pena OPSing at .772, Conor Gillaspie with a .702 OPS, Kelby Tomlinson in Triple-A, and Ehire Adrianza rehabbing in Triple-A, but it never hurts to have more options as September comes around.

The Giants also announced that Josh Osich is headed to the disabled list with a forearm strain and lefty Matt Reynolds has been recalled. With the DFA of Green, a 40-man roster spot opened up.

Reynolds, 31, has 13 appearances with the Sacramento River Cats and didn’t allow any runs. He has spent close to five seasons with the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks. He has a career 3.66 ERA and 4.58 FIP.

Osich, 27, has struggled this year this year, posting a 4.25 ERA and 6.07 FIP in 29.2 innings pitched. As a rookie in 2015, he posted a 2.20 ERA in 28.2 innings pitched.

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Jacob Fagan

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