Janish will be everyday shortstop with Simmons out

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

31 comments Add your comment

bostonbravo

July 15th, 2012
12:57 pm

Hey! His BA is higher than Uggla’s…and don’t forget:

“DAN UGGLA…ALL-STAR”

Runner-

July 15th, 2012
1:05 pm

Hey! Dan Uggla came up with a clutch hit last night… stop being a pessimistic fan and enjoy these Braves as their streak continues!!

Pleasant Hill Road

July 15th, 2012
1:06 pm

Janish is under Braves control for 2013 and 2014. If he could hit .240 and have a slick glove, he may have a bench spot for those 2 years. Has to be better than Jack Wilson (at least I hope).

Sid Slid

July 15th, 2012
1:07 pm

What’s today’s line-up?

Pleasant Hill Road

July 15th, 2012
1:09 pm

And amazingly, Uggla is second on the team in Runs, and tied-second in RBIs. He has had a rough patch, but players do slump, and he has shown the ability to REALLY bust a slump.

Sid Slid

July 15th, 2012
1:09 pm

I heard Uggla is sitting, with Prado playing 2nd, but can’t seem to find the line-up.

Sid Slid

July 15th, 2012
1:10 pm

Nevermind. I see the new thread.

JNick

July 15th, 2012
1:11 pm

Lineup is under “box” on the AJC Braves page.

bobbymahlon

July 15th, 2012
1:11 pm

At least they know if they have to pinch hit for him Prado can fill in for him in the late innings.

JC Boscan III

July 15th, 2012
1:13 pm

Not that anyone asked, but I’d love to see Wren do something like this:

1. Offer the Mariners an irresistible deal for Felix Hernandez and 1 of their 2 good relievers (Furbush or Wilhelmson). He has a lot of major league success, is a staff ace (which we sorely need), and is under contract for another year or 2. The Mariners have more holes than they have players on their roster! Maybe Minor, Meija (.300 & 18 HR @AAA), Delgado and 2-3 decent A or AA prospects. That may not be enough, though. I used to hate the idea of us trading away our top pitching prospects, but Teheran is getting worse as the season goes along, Hanson & JJ have lost major MPH off of their fastballs, etc. Only Beachy, who was NOWHERE near a top prospect, has exceeded expectations among our young starters.

2. Make a deal to strengthen our pinch-hitting and depth. Hinske’s hitting .103 since May 4, and our pinch hitting has to be some of the worst in the majors. Our best bench hitter is Ross, but they’re scared to use him off the bench just in the rare case of McCann getting hurt and having to leave a game. Drew Sutton would’ve been nice, but we dumped him – now he’s leading off for the Pirates.

Who knows, maybe Walker and Fletcher’s approach to hitting will help Janish become more consistent. If he can only hit .240, he can stick in the majors for a long time. GO BRAVES!

lee maye

July 15th, 2012
1:13 pm

Jack Wilson is history at the end of the year, maybe when Simmons comes back. Janish will be the infield backup for the next 2 years. Cheaper than Jack too.

Now, if Wren can make the decsion and cut Hinske. We need defense and speed on the bench for OF. Constanza and Durango both come to mind. Better to help us win than Diaz and Hinske.

Who Me?

July 15th, 2012
1:20 pm

Hell, keep Hinske and cut Francisco.

jharber

July 15th, 2012
1:20 pm

who was it that wanted Hinske Last winter Mil. or Minn. could be traded there. Possibly on greinke.

JNick

July 15th, 2012
1:22 pm

@Boscan III, Isn’t Felix a FA at the end of next year? I’d want to know for sure that we could sign him long-term (which will probably cost $22mil + per year) before selling the farm for 1+ season of him. I like the trade though…dude is dominating. Agree with you on Sutton, no idea why we gave him away for $$$…

@lee maye, agree with you on all counts…

JNick

July 15th, 2012
1:22 pm

jharber, believe Milwaukee wanted him…

BravesfaninWis

July 15th, 2012
1:26 pm

It would have been nice to get a SS who could put up some numbers offensively, but if he can save the team some runs with his glove, that will be good as well. Someone else better step up offensively though, Uggla, I’m talking to you.

jharber

July 15th, 2012
1:29 pm

.Maybe a day off will help uggs, but i am more concerned about Sheets right now. wish him well.

New brave fan

July 15th, 2012
2:21 pm

Looking like a hit (or two) in Sheets (contra-pun intended.)

bostonbravo

July 15th, 2012
2:48 pm

Runner- I’m a Braves fan…I hate Uggla

obamataxesagain

July 15th, 2012
3:24 pm

I bet Sheets piches great and goes out with a 6 -0 lead.

MyThoughts

July 15th, 2012
3:24 pm

Big Ben – 6 innings ZERO runs TWO hits !!!!

[...] strikes out the first batter. Away we go. Paul Janish is starting at shortstop. Get well soon, Andre. I have as much confidence as Fredpoleon that you can, as a professional infielder, catch the ball. [...]

Yogi Berra

July 15th, 2012
4:26 pm

congrat to Sheets and Janish…good game. Now Wren get another starter.

BC

July 15th, 2012
4:44 pm

I never expected this good of a start from a guy that has been out almost two years. Way to go Mr, Ben Sheets. You to Janish.

Walker, Texas Ranger

July 15th, 2012
4:50 pm

Sheets deuce is a hammer. He looked great.

bigcalidawg

July 15th, 2012
5:07 pm

“Now, if Wren can make the decsion and cut Hinske. We need defense and speed on the bench for OF.Constanza and Durango both come to mind. Better to help us win than Diaz and Hinske.”

I agree Lee…….can’t wait to see Durango and Bourn in the same lineup

Mike Mangan

July 15th, 2012
8:49 pm

If he can duplicate what Rafael Belliard did in years past we will be in good shape until Simmons is totally ready to play again.

carney johnson

July 15th, 2012
11:37 pm

scutaro would’ve made more sense than janish. basically, you’ve signed another jack wilson to do what jack wilson could’ve done. scutaro could at least hit.

PonGT

July 16th, 2012
2:17 pm

Welcome to the Braves Mr. Janish. We’re all pulling for you. Hope you have a great career as an Atlanta Brave.

[...] As long as a bunch of Braves are swinging the bats more consistently, the team can afford to have an all-glove, no-stick guy at shortstop until Simmons returns from a broken hand. That’s what they have with the recently acquired Paul Janish. [...]

Jake Elledge

July 17th, 2012
6:04 pm

From a Reds fan – with Janish you guys got a hard nosed give it all defensive specialist – I wish him the best with the Braves! He’s a beast with the glove – dude can flat out pick ‘em! Kinda sad to see a brought through the system Redleg go but the time always comes – hope he gives the Braves a solid backup for a long time!

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