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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Soft-J Goes Hard

That's the motto the Louisville Bats are using to describe Paul Janish's hot start. Sounds a bit risque for a family-oriented business like minor league baseball, but I am amused that C. Trent's nickname for Janish, "Soft-J," lives on.

Janish's hitting streak ended at 7 games when he went 0 for 3 on Thursday. He was given a day off Friday (aside from a couple of innings as a LIDR), and started a new hitting streak today. He went 2 for 4 with a triple and a run scored. The triple just missed being a home run. He's now hitting .364 / .400 / .667, good for a 1.067 OPS. He's leading the team in hitting, and is in the top ten for the entire league.

Reds utility infielder (and former Yankee) Miguel Cairo started at third base for the Reds today. He doubled and scored a run, but pulled his hamstring sliding home. He's listed as day-to-day, but with Brandon Phillips also nursing a sore hamstring, I wonder if the Reds might be giving Cairo a night to sleep on it, with the idea of DLing him if he's not better tomorrow.

Not sure who would be called up if Miggy goes on the DL. Todd Frazier would be the obvious choice, as he almost made the team out of spring training. But he's not hitting all that well (though he homered today). Janish is raking, but the Reds might prefer Frazier, who has more of a reputation for power as well as more experience at 3B. Or maybe even Chris Valaika, who is hitting very well right now.

Of course, this being the Reds, the most likely outcome is that they'll play shorthanded for a week while Cairo heals.

Speaking of injuries, top prospect Anthony Rendon broke his ankle rounding third in an A-ball game. Sounds terrible, but supposedly breaks (at least the kind he has) heal faster than sprains. He's expected to miss at least 6 weeks. Health concerns were the main reason he wasn't drafted higher than he was, but this seems like a total fluke.


posted by BubbaFan, 11:32 PM


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