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.