Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
Today is the day specified in many veterans' contracts as the deadline for when they must be told if they made the roster or not. Many players are being told they made the roster...or didn't.
Yesterday, it was reported that Juan Francisco, Paul Janish's former teammate in both Cincinnati and Atlanta, was cut by the Brewers. There was no official announcement, but his locker was cleaned out and he was no longer in camp. Another former teammate, Elliot Johnson, got good news. He was told by the Indians that he'd made the team, though he wasn't allowed to tell anyone until that evening. And many Reds fans are intrigued by the news that Aaron Harang, the Reds' one-time ace, has been told that he won't make the Indians' 25-man roster, despite the 2.00 ERA he put up this spring. He can opt out tomorrow, and the Reds have need of a starting pitcher right now.
Still no news on Janish's fate. He's been the best Rockies hitter in spring training, but they're expecting he'll have the weakest bat of the utility infielder candidates. In his favor: he's got the best glove of the lot, and is the only true shortstop. Plus, the others have options and he doesn't, so they may pick him to preserve minor league depth.
Janish helped his cause yesterday, starting at SS and going 3 for 5 with a double. Though he did get caught stealing.
He's starting at third base today. Here's the lineup card. Looks like Tom Runnells found his purple ink:
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