Braves’ Janish returns to Atlanta after shoulder injury

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.”

15 comments Add your comment


September 19th, 2012
8:15 pm

Man isn’t going to hit .300 but he’s got a helluva glove…Big loss.


September 19th, 2012
9:06 pm

Medlen or Kimbrell forCy Young. Cy Young is an award for the best pitcher in the league, is there any better than those two? It’s up to the sports writers to decide, no minimum innings required.


September 19th, 2012
9:06 pm

Good luck to him. He is a big reason the Braves are still in it. Get well and hurry back!


September 19th, 2012
9:09 pm

Who said Prado couldn’t play SS, Me for one, little did I know.


September 19th, 2012
10:53 pm

After that play from the hole tonight, count me among the believers. Range, check. Arm, check.

lee maye

September 19th, 2012
11:12 pm

2 hits for Constanza tonight. He and Durango platoon would be an option for Braves in CF next year. Speed. 45 SB’s for Durango at Gwinnett this year and Constanza was batting champ of IL. Save the money on Bourn and go get a LF, maybe Upton. Get rid of Uggla and move Prado to 2B and play Francisco at 3B.


September 20th, 2012
12:49 am

Yep.. Francisco is an option at third right now.. I guess that is why he’s not playing when Chipper needs a day off.


September 20th, 2012
7:06 am

all the best to Paul Janish. I hope the Braves find some place on their roster for him next year. He reminds me of Mark Belanger of the 1970’s Orloles..Amanzing Glove -no hit . Hey ,saving 1-2 hits a night is as good a getting 1-2 hits a night.
Our prayers are for full and speedy recovery for you PJ.

a fan

September 20th, 2012
8:02 am

I’d rather see a Constanza, Johnson platoon in left and if they can’t resign Bourn get Victorino, just a fast and a lot less money.


September 20th, 2012
8:39 am

We seem to have so much more depth this year than in seasons past, and a good thing it is too. Remember us limping into the playoffs two years ago with so many people injured and not enough depth to cover the problem? That doesn’t seem to be an issue this year. Go Braves!!

Quack Quack

September 20th, 2012
9:34 am

All the best to Paul Janish. He has been a life saver for us at SS, and more than a few clutch hits at the right time. I hope this is a quick fix, and not too serious.



Widespread panic

September 20th, 2012
10:17 am

Janish was exactly the man we needed after Wilson broke down. When there’s no more than one player in the starting lineup slumping, we have enough hitting to get by, so didn’t require a plus bat from the SS. He did come through in several big spots, though, so that’s a bonus. And the stats on Janish tell the story … highest fielding percentage in the majors during the period he started for us. Great, timely pickup for the Braves. Get well soon PJ!


September 20th, 2012
11:48 pm

Janish and Prado are two of my favorite Braves. They work hard and give it their all. Janish might not be a star offensively, but the man saves a run or two each game. Get well soon fellow.


September 21st, 2012
8:09 am

The comparison of Janish ti Belanger is an appropriate one- same build, same skills. He was a lifesaver when Simmons went down.

snowball's chance

September 21st, 2012
1:34 pm

Any news on Janish’s shoulder?

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