Janish expected to make April return after shoulder surgery

Brian McCann isn’t the only Brave to undergo offseason shoulder surgery. Backup shortstop Paul Janish had surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder shortly after the season ended. The Braves say he’s progressing well in his recovery and is expected to return in April.

Janish dislocated his shoulder making a diving play at shortstop in Miami against the Marlins on Sept. 18. He held off on surgery in the hopes that he could rehabilitate the injury and possibly play if the Braves made a run deep into the playoffs. But after the Braves were eliminated in the wild card game he went forward with the surgery.

Janish, who made $850,000 last season, is eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. He proved a valuable piece for the Braves filling in for two months for the injured Andrelton Simmons after the Braves acquired him in a trade from the Reds. Janish is known primarily for his glove, which is what the Braves needed most. He hit .186 (31-for-167) in 55 games.

Janish had suffered shoulder subluxation (partial dislocation) multiple times in his career, but on Sept. 18 his shoulder dislocated to the point that it had to be manipulated back into place. Janish said he was diagnosed with a torn labrum.

One factor that will help in the length of his recovery is the fact that it’s his non-throwing shoulder.

76 comments Add your comment

the truth...

October 25th, 2012
10:36 pm

Bring Janish back please….

nashvillewill

October 25th, 2012
10:51 pm

Braves need hitting. SS is covered. Let him go.

nashvillewill

October 25th, 2012
10:51 pm

Braves need hitting. SS is covered. Let him go.

nashvillewill

October 25th, 2012
10:51 pm

Braves need hitting. SS is covered. Let him go.

nashvillewill

October 25th, 2012
10:51 pm

Braves need hitting. SS is covered. Let him go.

nashvillewill

October 25th, 2012
10:51 pm

Braves need hitting. SS is covered. Let him go.

BravesFanSince80s

October 25th, 2012
11:15 pm

we had a light-hitting back-up infielder in the early 90’s that I remember as being a key part of our club. His name was Rafael Belliard. I guess he should’ve been cut too…

Blarney

October 25th, 2012
11:19 pm

my mom could hit .186 800k can find a cheaper glove. Need consistent hitting. Also need these grandma’s to stop having surgeries.

karen

October 25th, 2012
11:49 pm

Keep Janish!!!!!!!!! We can afford him!

Larry

October 25th, 2012
11:51 pm

Paul Janish very much earned his right to be here next year. You never know when you’ll need a superb glove that he possesses. He saved a few runs this year that might have pushed us over the mark. Keep him. Rafael Belliard could sling some leather also, just no wood.

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October 26th, 2012
12:00 am

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wayn-o

October 26th, 2012
12:56 am

good back up guy & affordable, sorry Jack Wilson

BusterBrave

October 26th, 2012
2:51 am

Would be a good move to retain Janish as Simmons back up,Prado will be busy at 3rd or leftfield……and Jack Wilson retired……

smallmouth6

October 26th, 2012
6:42 am

nashvillewill: the Braves made three errors in that goofy one-game playoff. Do you not see the need for defense? The Braves need a backup glove in the infield. Janish is a great field and excellent fielder.

RBI

October 26th, 2012
6:48 am

A no-brainer to keep him.

smooth

October 26th, 2012
6:56 am

Nashvillewill, why don’t you repeat yourself again? We need to keep Janish, he is not only a good glove but a great guy to have in the clubhouse.

reality

October 26th, 2012
7:12 am

Gregor Blanco, World Series hero…nobody saw that coming!.

Jeff

October 26th, 2012
8:30 am

I seem to recall that Janish’s average with men in scoring position was actually much better than his overall average. Essentially, his numbers showed that if there were RBIs to be had, he hit a lot better than when there weren’t. Regardless, though, I think his defense and his attitude and his work ethic make him invaluable. He’d be a great role model for Simmons (as long as he’s not his hitting coach).

jay

October 26th, 2012
8:48 am

It would have been good to have had this kid in the wild card game. Simmons wet the bed with his defense in that game.

Gillis

October 26th, 2012
9:42 am

Great addition and will be a great asset next year for the Braves. We need to keep him!!!

Heisenberg

October 26th, 2012
10:10 am

I called this the day after he got hurt. Good to see guys going into the shop for repairs now instead of thinking that rest in the off season will make it better. Rest usually does make an injury feel better…..until late March.

Kashi

October 26th, 2012
10:48 am

Gregor Blanco in LF, Schafer in CF. It would look mightly good for braves in 2013. With all the money we would have we could buy #1 ace starting pitchter, reliable relif pitcher, bullpen and power hitting third base.

Dawgdad (The Original)

October 26th, 2012
11:03 am

We desperately need hitting, with Chip gone, and that should be the priority. No bench player should be given a position, no matter how good a guy they are, or how good a glove they are, until we stock the bench and the starting lineup with hitters. The bad thing for Janish is that we have a superb glove man as the starter. When Belliard was here and helping the team, he was often a late inning defensive replacement. You are not going to replace Simmons with anyone better defensively. If Jeff Blauser was the starter at short, they yeah, make a place for him.

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Jimmy

October 26th, 2012
11:28 am

@Kashi– Are you crazy? Blanco in LF and Schafer in CF? Blanco was never better than a 4th outfielder when with Atlanta (and was a 4th outfielder with SF until Melky got caught) and Schafer is still causing problems with the Astros… Let’s take a look at what Wren can do this winter to either keep Prado in LF or move him to 3rd…

Gil in Mechanicsville

October 26th, 2012
11:45 am

Despite Paul’s low batting average, he does put the bat on the ball more often than not. He does not strike out a lot but he lacks the power to hit homeruns so should change his approach to hitting the ball on the ground and line drives. For sure, he is easily one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball. He is worth the million or so it will cost to keep him around.

bill

October 26th, 2012
12:30 pm

Kaski….Schafer hit 211 with Astros in 109 games and had 109 k’s…was benched.
Just to be safe…keep Janis unless Wren comes up with someone better.

Heisenberg

October 26th, 2012
1:06 pm

Gregor Blanco in LF, Schafer in CF

Just what Braves need…………….more left handed bats.

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Rick Camp

October 26th, 2012
1:45 pm

Please…NO Braves retreads here. The Braves have a top 5 pitching staff, let’s shoot for top 5 in hitting. They need bats.

lee maye

October 26th, 2012
2:20 pm

Even better, would be Prado to 2nd, Francisco at 3rd, and get rid of Uggla. Then, go out and use the 50 mil available and get a CF and a LF. Well, Wren would probably have to pay about 8 mil for someone to take Uggla. He is that bad.

lee maye

October 26th, 2012
2:24 pm

Trade Hanson and McCann if anyone will take them. Sign or trade for the Uptons in LF and CF. Righthanded bats we need. Get rid of Uggla. Can’t hit, throw, or field. And, yes we need Janish as a backup. Great fielder.

lee maye

October 26th, 2012
2:24 pm

Trade Hanson and McCann if anyone will take them. Sign or trade for the Uptons in LF and CF. Righthanded bats we need. Get rid of Uggla. Can’t hit, throw, or field. And, yes we need Janish as a backup. Great fielder.

Joey M

October 26th, 2012
2:40 pm

I like having Janish available. Our bullpen is one of the best in baseball. We will only need a few complimentary pieces at most. I would like to see Hansen have his shoulder surgically repaired, or have him traded. His velocity is down significantly. His shoulder is trashed. It’s easy to see. I like Prado in the IF. Put him at 3rd until Terdoslovich is ready. LF, there will be some availability out there. More than at 3rd. CF, sorry, but Bourn is going to go. We resign him for anything above $12 and we will be locked by the contract for years to come. There will be options there too. Our SP will only get better with the return of Beachy. McCann needs to be a lifer with this team. Uggla is an enigma. I’m still a fan though. i believe he will return to form. He just seems distracted to me. I would love to see Willingham in Left and Pagan in Center. Probably not gonna happen, but it would be nice. More pieces will show themselves. As far as the team goes, no imploding necessary. Just 1 or 2 key moves and we are set. GO BRAVES!!!

Laughing out Loud

October 26th, 2012
2:48 pm

It was great to see all the ex Braves playing in the MLB post season games. Perhaps, there are enough of these ex Braves to make a roster, but alas they are not our current Braves! We look forward to next season! Braves will be revelant again and will play for a champship and perhaps a World Series. We need great hitting to go with great pitching and defense. Keep Paul Janish.

Laughing out Loud

October 26th, 2012
2:56 pm

A lot of fans are always looking back to say “if we had only kept so and so or did such and such we could have won etc.” However, baseball to me is a sport of hope! At the close of the season, there is always next year! At the end of a game there is always the next game. Each game is played to win…each season is played to win, but when yiou don’t win, but just start planning and playing to win the next game or season. Love baseball for the hope it inspires looking for the positive! Go Braves! You are our team!

Laughing out Loud

October 26th, 2012
2:56 pm

A lot of fans are always looking back to say “if we had only kept so and so or did such and such we could have won etc.” However, baseball to me is a sport of hope! At the close of the season, there is always next year! At the end of a game there is always the next game. Each game is played to win…each season is played to win, but when yiou don’t win, but just start planning and playing to win the next game or season. Love baseball for the hope it inspires looking for the positive! Go Braves! You are our team!

Laughing out Loud

October 26th, 2012
2:56 pm

A lot of fans are always looking back to say “if we had only kept so and so or did such and such we could have won etc.” However, baseball to me is a sport of hope! At the close of the season, there is always next year! At the end of a game there is always the next game. Each game is played to win…each season is played to win, but when yiou don’t win, but just start planning and playing to win the next game or season. Love baseball for the hope it inspires looking for the positive! Go Braves! You are our team!

Bobbymahlon

October 26th, 2012
3:36 pm

Once again the problem I have with Francisco at third is all he does facing left hand pitching is striking out. He also is not a great defensive third baseman.
Wren said on TV that Prado has earned a regular position and they will give him one this year. I’ll believe that when I see it.
I would hope whoever is the utility man that he can carry his share with the bat, someone like Prado or his buddy Infante.

Ron

October 26th, 2012
3:53 pm

I like Janish’s defense but since I see Simmons playing most of the time( you don’t keep a player because someone might get injured) then Janish will be a bench player. he is hitting .186, like really, let’s keep him! No freaking way! Atlanta needs a good bench since they had the worst in the majors this past season. If Simmons does get hurt you have plenty of options with Prado,Pastornicky and the minor league guys. Bench next year: D.Ross, Franscisco, Pastornicky, R. Johnson, E. Mejia (minor league guy tearing up with over .300 batting average and back- up 1st base) which we will need with Hinske gone. Rotation: Medlen, Minor, Hudson, Maholm, Delgado/Hanson/Tehran and Beachy back at All-Star break. Bullpen: Kimbrel, O’Flahery, Venters, D.Rodriguez, Avilian, Gearrin, Durbin (Moylan gone and C. Martinez gone). Line-up: 1) Victorino CF 2) Prado 3rd 3) Heyward RF 4) Willingham LF 5) McCann/Ross C 6) Freeman 1st 7) Uggla 2nd 8) Simmons SS 9) Pitcher. Bourn too expensive to re-sign and Hanson probably traded at mid-season. We will get Willingham by trading Jurrijens and a few minor league pieces. Victorino good free-agent signing- tough player, switch hitter, clubhouse guy you want and a good average at Turner Field. The 2013 Braves!

Bobbymahlon

October 26th, 2012
4:19 pm

Ron 3:53pm Not a bad thought out plan, now if you can sell Wren on it we would have a decent chance.

ChipperisGod

October 26th, 2012
4:37 pm

Keep him, fantastic back up and he did come up with some clutch hits at times this year. One of the better defensive SS in the game. And we can afford him.

Bobbymahlon

October 26th, 2012
4:54 pm

I do not think we can afford him because we are a poor hitting team and when you put him ahead of the pitcher that is two outs in a row. Don’t get me wrong I like Janish but I’m like other teams that feel because he can’t hit get somebody that is a decent fielder who can hit.

BubbaFan

October 26th, 2012
5:06 pm

Janish’s first arb year was last year. The Reds avoided arbitration by giving him that $850,000 – a little more than MLBTR predicted.

64 year Ct. Braves fan

October 26th, 2012
6:17 pm

I agree with Lee Maye. Keep Janish, sign A. Pagan and/ or S. Victorino. Also switch hitter Cunningham, a great center field prospect. Probably needs one year at Triple A. Trade Hanson, McCann, and/or Uggla to Twins for Willingham and back up catcher. Play Francisco at third only
against right handers.

Tim and Jim(AKA 2 Homoboys)

October 26th, 2012
6:31 pm

The Braves have two guys who played at Gwinnett last season that would be 2 good bench players and backups.Ernesto Mejia and Stefan Gartrell.both these guys have power and should be backups next season and bench guys.They both have excellent power and they would be an excellent complement to Ross and Janish on the bench.If we don’t sign Bourn we should go after the Flying Hawaiian AKA Shane victorino or Angel Pagan,or put Gartrell in left field for next season and sign or trade for another bench player.also sign Reed Jonson to backup.Bullpen should be ok,bring Durbin and Martinez back and let Moylan walk away.

Phil Niekro

October 26th, 2012
6:34 pm

If the Red Soxs do not sign Cody Ross then the Braves need to go after him also the Upton Brothers would be a good option,Justin in Left field and BJ in Center if we don’t sign Bourn.

lee maye

October 26th, 2012
6:35 pm

I agree with 64 year Ct. Braves fan. Also, give Gattis a shot in Spring Training as a RH bat in left and backup catcher. McCann won’t be ready to go anyway and Ross will need a backup to begin season. That is, if we resign Ross, which we should.

Give Mejia a chance as a RH bat off bench and reserve 1B. Throw in open competition in CF between Constanza, Cunningham, and Durango and keep some speed as a reserve in the OF. Move Prado to 2B and trade Dan “no hit, no field, no throw” Uggla to anyone who will pay 1/2 of the salary if that someone can be found. Francisco to 3B against righties.

Delgado and/or Teheran to the rotation in place of Hanson. When Beachy returns, unload Maholm for prospects.

cornjolio

October 26th, 2012
6:44 pm

Keep Jannish.

Dump Uggla

Bring back Infante.

Phil Niekro

October 26th, 2012
6:46 pm

Another candidate for the left field job that I forgot to mention is Tori Hunter.

Ken Stallings

October 26th, 2012
6:54 pm

Sorry, nothing personal intended, but Janish was a valuable rental player needed to fill a key injury to a promising star in Simmons. He’s got an excellent glove, but a suspect bat. The Braves need flexibility in the outfield and that would allow Prado to fill in as an emergency shortstop. In addition, the Braves have another option in Pasternicky. Janish did well in a time of need, but the Braves should not re-sign him.

Bobbymahlon

October 26th, 2012
7:02 pm

I agree give Mejia and Gattis a shot at backups it will cost us nothing.
I will never agree that the Upton brothers are not any more than good players but you need players of the next level to win championships.

longtimefan

October 26th, 2012
7:56 pm

Ron@3;53, I like your plan.

jed

October 26th, 2012
8:08 pm

i wouldnt pay more than $800k for janish, but he’s good insurance to have, and can fill in at 2b, SS and 3b. i really like the braves idea of turning pastornicky into a utility player. he could be real valuable doing that. dude can hit.

ChipperisGod

October 26th, 2012
8:43 pm

I’d love to have Omar back and even though Uggla looked good on paper, to me, Infante was an invaluable part of that 2010 squad and I would not have made that trade. Don’t think it’s going to happen though.

I would like to see Mejia and Gattis get a shot at the bench this year and try and make Mejia change positions. I’d like our bench to be: Janish (defense and Simmons can get hurt as we saw this year and he’d be good to have as a back up), Ross, Johnson, Francisco, Mejia, Gattis. Dump Hinske, Diaz, Overbay and Baker. Tired of always getting these supposed veterans that can’t do anything when their number is called.

And as much as I love Hinske for that shot he hit in 2010 (and being really good that year for a bench player), his time has passed. Time to move on. I guarantee Gattis and or/ Mejia wouldn’t have had the stat line Hinske did. It was pretty miserable.

HAL

October 26th, 2012
10:14 pm

the upton brothers provide one thing stike outs and hot dog additudes

Luman Harris

October 26th, 2012
10:24 pm

ChipperisGod — You guarantee it? wow, you must be, like, a god or something

Luman Harris

October 26th, 2012
10:25 pm

Um, Hal? That’s two things ….

yogi

October 26th, 2012
10:46 pm

The Braves need to make a trade with Padres for Chase Headley..3b. Braves have alway been cheap..so Chase would be under contract for three years at very low price.. 2012..3 million..2014 4 million & 2015.. 5 million..total 3 years = 12 million the same as what “McCann” will get for one year..Plus he is 28 years old and would fit in with Braves youth moves. Put Prado in LF and then use some $$ to sign Victorino my 1st pick in CF are trade for Ben Revere who is also very good and 22 years old and only cost $500,000 for next 4 years. Still Have alots of money to get a SP are sign Freedman and J-hey to long term deal. Just my $.02 cents worth. God Bless USA and Vote for Freedom & jobs not broken promises..

JNick

October 26th, 2012
11:09 pm

Who is Freedman?

Dav

October 27th, 2012
3:33 am

Lets keep Janish for backup and see how Gattis looks in the spring as a backup catcher. We will need to pick up the $12M option on McCann to see if he recovers or have a chance to trade him. If Bourn turns down $45-48M for 4 yr let him walk. We have money, Chippers $14M per, Lowe $10M, Bourn $6. That’s $40M to resign Prado and others we want to keep and find a righthand bat and CF and Catcher if needed. NO PROBLEM ! We easlier can do this and see witch of Freeman or Heyward is faster to sign a Team friendly deal?

Dav

October 27th, 2012
3:33 am

Lets keep Janish for backup and see how Gattis looks in the spring as a backup catcher. We will need to pick up the $12M option on McCann to see if he recovers or have a chance to trade him. If Bourn turns down $45-48M for 4 yr let him walk. We have money, Chippers $14M per, Lowe $10M, Bourn $6. That’s $40M to resign Prado and others we want to keep and find a righthand bat and CF and Catcher if needed. NO PROBLEM ! We easlier can do this and see witch of Freeman or Heyward is faster to sign a Team friendly deal?

Dav

October 27th, 2012
3:33 am

Lets keep Janish for backup and see how Gattis looks in the spring as a backup catcher. We will need to pick up the $12M option on McCann to see if he recovers or have a chance to trade him. If Bourn turns down $45-48M for 4 yr let him walk. We have money, Chippers $14M per, Lowe $10M, Bourn $6. That’s $40M to resign Prado and others we want to keep and find a righthand bat and CF and Catcher if needed. NO PROBLEM ! We easlier can do this and see witch of Freeman or Heyward is faster to sign a Team friendly deal?

stump ii

October 27th, 2012
4:18 am

good move, and his hitting will improve to. excellent bunter.

Tradem or Playem

October 27th, 2012
10:14 am

THE SOLUTION:

1)Try and land Angel Pagan for centerfield
2)Trade Teheran and Delgado/or Hanson to KC for Wil Myers who can play left
3)move Prado to third
4)Resign Ross for catcher
I know a trade for Myers won’t be cheap but the future will be bright with Myers,Pagan and Heyward in the outfield!

lee maye

October 27th, 2012
3:09 pm

Don’t think anyone would want to trade both Delgado and Teheran for anyone. Keep in mind Hudson is getting old and Maholm is going to be here only 1 more year. Beachy will be one of the starters when he comes back, but Hudson and Maholm will soon be gone. We don’t need to be giving up our young guns.

Get rid of Uggla and put Prado on 2nd. Francisco to 3rd against righties. Gattis and Costanza to platoon in left. Open CF to Cunningham, Costanza, and Durango.

Bill M.

October 27th, 2012
4:29 pm

I hope the Braves stays away from older players. How about this trade, Braves get Moustakas, Myers + prospect and Royals get Hanson, Delgado/Tehrean, Venters, Cunningham and Francisco. Sign Greinke. The Braves will be giving up alot. They will have a young team and contend for years.

Mark

October 27th, 2012
8:47 pm

No way we need to keep Janish.

He did an admirable job for the Braves this year filling in for an injured SS. But, no team serious about winning can afford to keep a defensive specialist taking up a bench spot. Bench players need to be able to pinch hit. Almost every game teams need to use pinch hitters. Rarely do they need a defensive replacement middle infielder. What would the Braves do? Take out Simmons late in the game? He’s pretty good at SS so that wont happen

Go Braves

And by the way, trade Uggla for a dozen balls and a bat bag if thats all we can get. Move Teeen to 2B! Sign a 3B and OFer!

Jay Puskenalis

October 27th, 2012
10:02 pm

How about this idea, Braves fans. Prado at second base, Francisco at third base, UGGLA IN LEFT FIELD. Gives the Braves a power hitting right-handed hitter, who can run decently, gas a good arm. and wouldn’t have to worry about infield problems. It may give him a chance to concentrate on hitting. Francisco has proved his worth since the trade and deserves a fulltime shot at the “hot corner”. Uggla in left may solve a payroll while playing out his contract. Worth a try? Any ideas on it?

lee maye

October 27th, 2012
11:54 pm

He couldn’t be much worse in LF than he is at 2B. Do we really have to keep him? Let’s pay someone to take him like we did Lowe.

BravesFanInNashville

October 27th, 2012
11:58 pm

Jay……. trying Uggla in LF might not be a bad idea. It’s more critical to have great defense up the middle so having Prado at 2B is more valuable than having him play LF.

Also I wonder if Wren tries to trade Uggla this winter for an OF or 3B. There might be a salary match up where two players might benefit from a change of scenery.

I would rather see a player that hits .275 or better that plays solid defense than a player that has hit .225 for the better part of two years and is suspect at a premium defensive position. Look at the Giants this year and last years Cardinals. You win by pitching, playing solid defense and putting the ball in play.

DIPEN PATEL

October 28th, 2012
11:15 am

I’M TOTALLY SHOCKED BLEACHER REPORT has declared FREDDIE FREEMAN as one of the 40 MOST OVERRATED BALLPLAYERS instead of tommy hanson and jair jurrjens because these two have been the MOST OVERRATED BASEBALL players in BASEBALL for a LONG TIME BY NOW who are WAY TOO INJURY PRONE.

HAL

October 29th, 2012
9:28 am

great idea above about getting both uptons you get about 400ks and additude but should make the ushers at turner happy too see more of there tribesmen lol

BravesFanInNashville

October 29th, 2012
11:03 am

Wow Hal. A comment like that in 2012? Really? Agree about high K’s but racial comments are not welcome here!

Preston Thompson

November 1st, 2012
12:47 pm

Mr Patal, the one you missed on your list is McCain. Janish was 10 times the value to the Braves than McCain could ever want to be. With him the Braves wouldn’t have even made the one playoff game they did play.

And BFN, where do you get a racial comment from what Hal said? Are you really that sensitive? Or are you just so PC and truth or reasoning stops with certain words. Grow up man, or should I say grow up and be a man.

N'Qan

November 7th, 2012
2:24 pm

The Braves have led the league in men LOB. Until this is seriously addressed, they will not move ahead.
Uggla doesn’t help.

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