Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.
Paul Janish is here to play shortstop.
The newest Brave, acquired from the Reds, was in the starting lineup Sunday less than 24 hours after being dealt.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Janish will be the everyday shortstop while rookie Andrelton Simmons’ broken right hand mends.
“We got him to play shortstop,” Gonzalez said. “We didn’t bring him in to win the batting title. He’s here to shore up our defense and catch the ball.”
Janish (pronounced Yan-ish) arrived at Turner Field Sunday morning and had a brief meeting with his new manager. Their talk went something like this:
Gonzalez: “How do you feel?”
Janish: “Pretty good.”
Gonzalez: “All right, you are playing.”
After learning of the trade late Saturday afternoon, Janish and his father, Tom, made the drive from Louisville, where the shortstop has spent the entire season at Triple-A. Janish, who spent his entire career in the Reds organization, knows what is expected of him with the Braves.
“I’m probably going to be a catch and throw guy for the majority of my career,” Janish said. “I’m comfortable with that. I’m fine with that. I take a lot of pride in my defense. Whatever I can do to help the team win. Obviously, wins are big right now from here on out down the stretch. Whatever I can do to help.”
Janish hit .237 in 49 games with Triple-A Louisville this season. He played 114 games with the Reds in 2011 and hit .214.
“For me, offensively it’s more of a consistency issue,” Janish said. “It’s not about being good. It’s about being good more often. That has been the thing that has plagued me a little bit and something I’m going to attempt to work on and get better going forward. …
“I’m comfortable on the defensive side of the ball. It’s what has gotten me to where I am and it will keep me around. I’m fine with that. It’s going to be neat to help the team out like that.”
- Chris Vivlamore