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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Janish can breathe a bit easier this spring

Paul Janish isn't getting a lot of playing time so far, but he's not worried.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Paul Janish can put his mind at ease -- just a little.

At least enough to know that when Edgar Renteria started over him at shortstop on Sunday, it didn't mean Janish had already lost his job before the first Cactus League game even began.

That was put to rest over the winter. The Reds did not re-sign former starting shortstop Orlando Cabrera, but did add the veteran free agent Renteria in January. That week, general manager Walt Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker both placed phone calls to Janish so he knew that he was still in their plans to be the regular shortstop.

"It was huge," Janish said. "When I talked to Walt that day, the biggest thing he emphasized was that it was important for me to know mentally coming into camp that I was going to come into camp and play the majority of the time."

Most of the starters haven't gotten a lot of playing time so far, so I guess there's no reason to panic. Still...the way he's been parked on the pine so far is depressingly familiar.


posted by BubbaFan, 10:46 PM


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