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Giants provide updates on Williamson, Panik and Hanson

SAN FRANCISCO–A pair of Giants second basemen are on the disabled list, but both players are making important strides as they work back from injuries.
Starter Joe Panik had surgery on his fractured left thumb on April 30 and was initially expected to miss about six weeks. Panik began swinging a bat and fielding grounders Thursday and manager Bruce Bochy said Panik may be able to begin a rehab assignment before the end of the month.
“Panik is swinging in the cage and it’s possible he could start a rehab when we get to Colorado or when we leave Colorado,” Bochy said.
Panik’s replacement, Alen Hanson, hit four home runs after being called up from Triple-A Sacramento, but suffered a hamstring strain while running the bases on Saturday in Pittsburgh. Hanson is eligible to return from the 10-day disabled list on May 23, and Bochy said the infielder could be ready to play immediately.

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The Giants called up infielder Miguel Gomez to provide depth with Hanson out, but Kelby Tomlinson has assumed the starting job in Hanson’s absence.
Outfielder Mac Williamson will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A on Friday as he’ll serve as the designated hitter against the Salt Lake City Bees. Williamson has been sidelined since April 24 with a concussion, but he’s symptom-free and has cleared concussion protocol.
Because Williamson has missed more than three weeks, Bochy thinks he may need more than a week to regain his rhythm at the plate and in the field. If all goes according to plan, Williamson may return to the Giants at the end of the team’s three-city road trip, which concludes with three games in Colorado.
“You want him to get comfortable at the plate and get his timing on defense,” Bochy said. “He’s missed some time and of course, we want to give him two or three days to just get him back into playing every day. Rough estimate, I’d say a week to 10 days.”
Williamson joins Hunter Pence, who is also on a rehab assignment with the River Cats. Bochy said Thursday the Giants want Pence to grow comfortable at the plate using a retooled swing before they bring him back to the 25-man roster.
Pence paused his rehab assignment after a 6-for-27 start to visit hitting coach Doug Latta in Southern California. Latta overhauled Williamson’s swing during the offseason, and Pence has hit safely in five straight games since resuming his stint with Sacramento.

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