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MILWAUKEE -- Joe Panik's surge of competence left no viable role for Giants infielder Matt Duffy, who was optioned back to Double-A Richmond before Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Brewers.

Duffy's departure cleared roster room for center fielder Angel Pagan, who was reinstated from the disabled list and immediately reclaimed his customary spot atop the Giants' batting order. Pagan went 2-for-5 and made a sliding catch to rob Milwaukee's Mark Reynolds.

Shortly after the Giants purchased Duffy's contract from Double-A Richmond last Friday, Bochy said that the 23-year-old would play at least semi-regularly for the Giants, mostly at second base. Then Panik went 8-for-14 in a three-game stretch, contrasting with Duffy's 1-for-10.

"Joe's been playing so well, it's hard to find time for [Duffy]," manager Bruce Bochy said.

Meanwhile, Panik has impressed the Giants with his poise as well as his production.

"He's a solid player," Bochy said. "He does a good job defensively; he doesn't miss signs; he's not a speedster, but he's a good baserunner. He knows how to play the game."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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