Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
Brandon McCarthy during a recent spring training game
The McPaper had an interesting article about MLB and gay rights. Prominently featured was Brandon McCarthy, who spoke out strongly in favor of gay rights.
Count me a fan...
Well, look's like it's official: Paul Janish will be assigned to the AAA Gwinnett Braves once he comes off the DL.
[Ramiro] Pena was signed as a utility infielder in the offseason after Paul Janish had shoulder surgery, because the Braves knew Janish would need at least six months to recover. Janish could be ready to play in early April and will go to Triple-A Gwinnett and play shortstop when he’s ready.
Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network said Janish played in a rehab game with the AA team today. He was 1 for 2 with a double to LF.
I'm kind of surprised Janish is playing in rehab games already. They said earlier that they wanted to wait until he was six months past his surgery. And McAlpin said earlier that Janish would not be cleared to play until the end of the first week of April.
At least if all goes well, I'll be able to see him play with Gwinnett when they come to Scranton in early May.
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There was an update about Paul Janish during the Braves game the other day. The announcers asked Fredi Gonzalez about him. Fredi said that since the surgery was on his left arm, he can take fielding practice and throw the ball. They don't want him hitting yet, though. They're afraid he'll damage his newly-repaired shoulder with an awkward swing. Fredi said they're trying to get him past the six-month point: six months after the surgery, he should be able to swing the bat again. The surgery was in October (I think early in October), so his ETA is early April.
The announcers mentioned a couple of weeks ago that Janish was a great find for Braves; great glove, occasional big hit, and a personality that's a perfect fit for the Braves clubhouse. But I wonder if he might end up being traded. Ramiro Pena seems to be making a good impression. The Braves can't carry both Pena and Janish; they are too similar. One of them will either be stashed in Louisville or traded.
Mark Gonzalez, the White Sox beat writer, thinks the Pale Hose might try to trade for Janish. They're in search of a backup SS, and Janish fills the bill.
Well, that would be better than the Cardinals, at least in Reds fans' eyes...
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