Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
Paul Janish is making a great first impression with the Orioles. He got a hit in his first at-bat the other day, and made a nice diving grab.
Today was even better. He wasn't even supposed to be in the lineup, but ended up subbed in when the CFer was injured. (No, he didn't play CF. They moved the SS to 1B and 1B to CF, which meant they needed a SS.) He was the only Oriole to get a hit off Yordano Ventura - and he got two of them.
J.J. Hardy has really struggled this year, probably due to injury. His wRC+ is just 52. Janish won't continue batting .500, but even if he doesn't hit a lick, his defense might make him the better choice. He's opening up some eyes in Baltimore, that's for sure.
He'll likely play in the next two games in Texas, with lefties as the probable pitchers.
With J.J. Hardy headed to the DL with a groin injury, the Orioles have called up Paul Janish from AAA Norfolk. They told him yesterday at lunch time, so he's already with Baltimore. He'll be starting at SS tonight and batting ninth. He's been given number 15.
It sounds like he'll start only against lefties. Lefty Ryan Flaherty will start against righties.
Showalter really likes Janish, though. Apparently, they are hoping to keep him in the organization beyond this season.
The Reds announced today that Tony Cingrani will be moved to the bullpen. He does not seem happy about this. I think he really wanted to be a starter.
But his heavy reliance on his fastball has raised red flags for many. Not to mention his recurring shoulder issues. I think there's some concern that if he pitches multiple innings, fatigue will increase his risk of injury.
Meanwhile, former Red Paul Janish has healed much faster than anticipated. He played in a minor league game last weekend, and DH'd in the "B" game yesterday.
He's DHing because the Orioles didn't want him to throw across the diamond yet. There was some talk of using him at 1B, where he wouldn't have to throw as far. Though he's now throwing 120 feet, so if he's not ready now, he's close.
Sure doesn't feel like spring yet here in the northeast, but spring training is underway in Arizona and Florida.
Paul Janish hasn't played in a game yet. I thought at first he was just buried on the depth chart, with Rey Navarro, Everth Cabrera, etc. signed after he was. But no, he's injured. He had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow last month. He's hitting off tee and just started fielding grounders. He can't throw yet. He's hoping to get into an actual game March 20 or 21, but admits that's optimistic.
Haven't seen Tony Cingrani yet, either. Not sure if he's injured or just hasn't gotten into a game yet. He's supposedly being considered as a starter, but might end up in the pen.
He did give up a home run to Billy Hamilton in batting practice, so he is pitching.
Update: Cingrani is starting tomorrow (Friday). I guess he really is in the mix for a spot in the starting rotation.
The MLB Network is airing a show tonight about the 1990 Reds. "Nasty Boys: The 1990 Cincinnati Reds" will have an interview with Norm Charlton, among others.
It's at 9pm EST.
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Paul Janish got a minor league deal and spring training invite from the Baltimore Orioles. That means he'll be back at Ed Smith Stadium, formerly the spring training home of the Reds before they decamped for Arizona.
Supposedly, the Orioles wanted a veteran shortstop to work with their young pitchers in Norfolk. Janish also has a chance to make the team as a utility guy.
The Orioles have a reputation for shuffling the roster constantly, even calling up and sending down players who are out of options (asking them to decline if claimed by other teams). So even if Janish doesn't make the roster out of spring training, he probably has a better chance of being called up with Baltimore than with KC and Colorado last year.
And if he does end up a Norfolk Tide, that's convenient for me. I see a lot more IL games than PCL.
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The Royals called up just one player when the Omaha Storm Chasers' season ended: pitcher Tim Collins.
Looks like they are still hoping Christian Colon recovers in time for the post-season.
Christian Colon flew to Arizona to test his broken finger in Instrux. The team wants to see if he can contribute in October— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) September 24, 2014
For awhile, I was wondering if the Royals were going to make the post-season. But it now looks like they will, probably as the first wild card.
I'm really baffled that they aren't carrying another utility infielder. They've got no depth. With any other team, I'd think Paul Janish had a good chance of being called up. But the Royals are weird.
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The Omaha Storm Chasers defeated the Pawtucket Red Sox in a rain-delayed game Tuesday night to take the AAA Championship...again.
Paul Janish is somewhere in the above photo, but I couldn't pick him out. I did recognize him this photo, #21, front and center.
George Grande and Jim Kaat called the game for NBC. Grande is a Reds announcer, so he was pretty familiar with Paul Janish. He said some nice things about him. According to him, the Storm Chasers had the worse defense in the league until Janish came on board. They ended up solidly in the middle of the pack. (Hey, one man can only do so much.) He also said the Storm Chasers manager pointed to Brian Bocock and Paul Janish when asked who the leaders in the clubhouse were.
FWIW...the Royals put backup SS Christian Colon on the 15-day DL yesterday. The timing seems a bit odd. He broke his finger 10 days ago. With the expanded rosters, there's no need to DL him if they want to call up someone else. The only reason to put him on the DL is to substitute someone else for the postseason roster...someone who was not on the 25 man roster on Aug. 31.
They could have waited until they actually had to set the postseason roster, so it's still a little odd. I think what this means is that they don't think he'll be healthy enough to play this year. Also, DLing him the day after Omaha's season ended suggests that they're considering calling up someone from the AAA team.
The Royals have not called up anyone to replace Colon yet. Today's an off day for them, so they might not make a move until tomorrow. Assuming they even make a move.
In other news, Bryan Price thinks Tony Cingrani's role might be in the pen next year.
"I think the more he starts, the more it becomes apparent that he definitely needs to improve the breaking ball and the change-up or he'll be better served pitching out of the bullpen."
Ugh. I'm afraid they're going to do the same thing with him that they did with Aroldis Chapman. The Reds see next year as their window. In the long run, they might be better off letting Cingrani perfect his secondary pitches in AAA, but they're in "win now" mode and don't have time for that.
Both the IL and the PCL went the distance this year. Omaha won Game 5 yesterday, so they are PCL champions for the second year in a row.
The announcers noted that Janish had been on the Rice team that won the College World Series in Omaha eleven years ago.
There's one more game: the one-game PCL vs. IL championship, played in Charlotte, NC this year. That's tomorrow night.
As for whether Janish will be called up after Omaha's season is done...I haven't a clue. They could definitely use some infield depth in Kansas City, but Ciriaco might get the call, rather than Janish. It's also possible they'll try to stick with Colon, broken finger and all.
If I were the GM, I'd pick Janish. But then, if I were the GM, I wouldn't have let the team go without a backup SS for most of the season. Anyways, Janish has a better glove; Ciriaco's been a better hitter, but not that much better. But Ciriaco was called up when rosters expanded last year, and that's probably an advantage. They know him.
It might be moot, anyway. The Royals are collapsing, and are in danger of missing the postseason. I feel so sorry for their fans. They got their hopes us this year. If they are dashed, it's going to be ugly. The natives are definitely getting restless.
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Royals backup infielder Christian Colon suffered an injury that will likely end his season.
Christian Colon broke his middle finger. A team official said he will be out for "a while."— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) September 3, 2014
This might create an opening for Paul Janish. Colon is probably the only reserve player on the roster you'd want to see in the middle infield.
OTOH, the Rockies seem much more concerned about offense than defense (and I can understand why). And they have Cal Ripken starting at SS. Alcides Escobar has started at SS every game this season. My mind is boggled.
Stay tuned, I guess.
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