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.