MIAMI – While shortstop Andrelton Simmons was out of the lineup Wednesday for the second game on a row with a sore left shoulder, backup shortstop Paul Janish returned to Atlanta to have his left shoulder examined by a Braves specialist.
Janish dislocated the shoulder while making a diving defensive play in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s 10-inning loss to the Marlins. The Braves hope he can avoid surgery and be ready to play if they advance to the postseason.
“He can’t see a doctor until [Thursday], so we won’t know anything until the evening,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose Braves have a day off Thursday in Philadelphia before a three-game weekend series with the Phillies. “They’ll do all the tests, whether it’s an MRI, X-ray, whatever they’ve got to do…. He won’t play for a while. It’s significant.”
Gonzalez said Simmons could be back in the lineup by Friday. Martin Prado moved from left field to make his ninth start at shortstop in Wednesday’s series finale. Prado also started Tuesday, and Janish entered the game in the ninth inning for defensive purposes.
Of having shortstops Simmons and Janish out with left-shoulder injuries at the same time, Gonzalez said: “It’s weird.”
Simmons hurt his shoulder making a diving defensive play Monday in Miami. The standout rookie played the entire game, but the shoulder stiffened overnight. He spent much of the past two days getting treatment, and was available to pinch-run or bunt on Wednesday.
“Good shot of him playing on Friday, good possibility,” Gonzalez said.
Janish was in a great deal of pain as he was helped off the field Wednesday. He has a history of subluxation (partial dislocation) in his left shoulder, which he said had happened eight or nine times.
“This time it actually dislocated and got stuck out [of the socket],” he said. “I’ve had that happen before where it subluxes my shoulder when I dive, and usually it just slides back in. It still hurts but it’s kind of something you just kind of shimmy [it] in and deal with it. This is the first time I ever had it stuck and not be able to get it back in.
“When I got back up here [to the clubhouse] they popped it back in, which was a little painful, too, but at least it was immediate relief.”
Janish said after the game he thought his status would be day-to-day and that X-rays he got during the game looked fine. But this injury is potentially more serious than his previous shoulder issues.
“This time it didn’t go back in right away,” Gonzalez said, “and when you kind of manipulate it to put it back in, that’s when you can do some damage in the shoulder area.”