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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

It's official: It's Janish

From the Reds:

Today the Reds placed on the 15-day disabled list SS Jeff Keppinger (fractured left kneecap) and recalled from Class AAA Louisville IF Paul Janish (pronounced YAH-nish)…Janish will wear uniform number 7.

Keppinger suffered the injury on a foul ball in the second inning of last night's game…he is scheduled to have an MRI later today.

When he plays Janish will become the second Reds player this season to make his Major League debut (RHP Johnny Cueto)...Janish has spent the season at Class AAA Louisville and in 35g for the Bats hit .293 (4 2b, 1 3b, 4hr, 20rbi, 2sb)...he hit safely in each of his last 7g there (10-26, .384).


at 12:43 PM Blogger va.redsfan said...

Do you think he'll get a real chance to play or is he just being brought up to fill a spot?

at 12:47 PM Blogger Eric said...

Ryan Freel played 47 games at shortstop in the minors. He's played 200 games at either second or third in MLB. Jeff Keppinger hadn't played there since college until last year. Rich Aurilia was supposed to be too old and had no range when Narron put him at short in '06.

Both Keppinger and Aurilia were just fine at short, and made the routine plays. Freel would be just fine as well. I would rather have seen Bruce brought up and playing center and Freel/Hairston splitting time at short. I'm not confident in Janishe's bat, but I hope he'll be okay. Bruce's bat in the lineup would have been much better.

at 12:50 PM Blogger People Eating Tasty Animals said...

In his daily "Under the Knife" column for Baseball Prospecuts, Will Carrol estimates that Kepp will be out 60 days.

at 1:29 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

Good luck Paul!! Thanks for everything at Louisville, you reds fans will really like him, the kid is something special

at 1:31 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

from Michael,
"I'm sure as soon as two people read JBA/CSA posts...they will be purged and gone : )"

That is brilliant Michael. I wonder if that works both ways. I guess there won't be anything posted, HUH?


at 1:34 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Freels infield defense is suspect at best. Freel at SS, no way. Janish should get first shot and I believe that he will.

at 1:43 PM Blogger Richie Rich said...

Take whatever Doc Kremcheck says and multiply it by 2 or 3 and you've got your estimate. It's never as soon as he says, not even close. Look at Gonzalez.

at 2:00 PM Blogger JP4KYCATS said...

a bit off the subject but is something possibly up with Griffey?? he did not play last nite but then again it was a lefty on the mound BUT today at louisville jay bruce is playing right field NOT center which is usual position SO maybe something going on behind the scenes??

at 2:02 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

Bats have 11 runs today lol, I think the reds should call up Majewski while hes hott, The bats should save some of these runs with Homer pitching tommorow, if the bats cant hit they wont win because Bailey is the worst Bats starter. Lehr pitched good again.

at 2:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

john in my opinion this is when we should see bruce also. with hairston probably playing alot of shortstop he can be the leadoff guy. I mean thats the reason Bruce didnt start with the reds because they didnt want him to bat leadoff and the forgone conclusion was the cf will have to bat leadoff for this team but now hairston playing short he can bat leadoff and you can bring bruce up to play cf and not worry about him batting leadoff

at 2:32 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

It has been wierd timing all year for our boys. Ross injury does allow us to get the best out of Bako.

Now the Gonzales injury has let us see a very nice run by Keppinger.

Unfortunately, we did just cut Castro who could have filled in until either Gonzo or Kepp returned (forget the debate about which was better).

This injury shows that you need ALL your players. We have 2 LH pinch hitters with value in Hatte and Valentin, but are down on a few ML Shortstops.

Juan Castro would look mighty good in a redleggs uniform this week

at 2:48 PM Blogger Quan said...

Is Pokey Reese available? Barry Larkin?

Trade Junior to Seattle for Yuniesky Betancourt and Jeff Clement (catcher)?

at 3:05 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Janish can field..he will prove to be a 240-250 hitter in the majors


at 3:22 PM Blogger omnired said...

People..there are 7 reasons Dunn should NOT and CANNOT bat #2:
1. He is not a contact hitter
2. He strikes out as much as he walks
3. He is not agressive..he would rather walk, that obvious.
4. He cannot bunt( or else he would be doing it when the shift is on )
5. He absolutley has no speed..if he is the lead runner on the base paths..it's like following a double tandem semi truck up a hill!
6. Speed is a weapon at the top of the order..Dunn will clog it up.
7. At .203..call him Adam Mendoza

1. If your leadoff hitter is going to be sub.300obp Corey Patterson, the #2 hitter is going to be hitting with the bases empty a lot. Doesn't need to be a contact hitter.

2. A strikeout is just another form of out. He's on pace for his lowest strikeout rate in his career. He's been better this year at putting the ball in play to move runners over, sac runners in. In fact, he's turned into more of a groundball hitter to his overall #'s detriment!

3. Being patient at the plate isn't the same as preferring to walk.

4. Why do you want your 40HR guy bunting off good pitches?

5. He's not going to get passed by #3 hitter Griffey.

6. Actually, the Reds version of "speed" has been running into outs, caught stealing, etc. I'd rather see the top of the order guys get on base for the middle of the order sluggers, and let the speed guys bat near the bottom of the order.

7. He'd get better pitches to hit batting in front of the middle of the order than batting 7th.

at 3:35 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

"a bit off the subject but is something possibly up with Griffey?? he did not play last nite but then again it was a lefty on the mound BUT today at louisville jay bruce is playing right field NOT center which is usual position SO maybe something going on behind the scenes?"

...we can always hope.


at 3:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

BATSFAN , im guessing you have prolly seen janish play alot more than most so ill ask you this question , how is his bat coming along any strengths ? any weakness ?

at 3:49 PM Blogger Daedalus said...


(there are some times when using all caps is justified.)

at 3:53 PM Blogger Joe said...

I love Jr. Griffey, but Jr. will not bring two players in return from Seattle...get real.

Janish is the man for the future at SS, not Juan Castro. We are in last place and with Castro, as good as he defensively, we would stay there. Janish deserves the shot to play everyday until Kepp of Gonzo are back, then we will see.

As far Patterson - he is hot, ride him til he cools off - which might be by the 4th inning tonight!

CSA - Michael's cut that got you so fired up. You've been read by a lot more than two people and are still around. Man up and laugh it off!

at 3:59 PM Blogger JF said...

New lineup time!


at 4:52 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

Hey Quan, why not add Felix in there to while we are dreaming.

clements will cost a LOT more than JR.

at 5:18 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Just pointing out the ignorance of that comment, Joe. It is funny that my posts can cause such a reaction from some of those posting here. Believe me, I laugh off a few every day. If I didn't I'd have more arguments going than Jack does.

at 6:05 PM Blogger Michael said...


You reap what you sow...I'd be on my best behavior moving forward if I were you. I'm mostly a lurker who reads the blog for John's insight...you wont have many opportunities to vote my posts down.

I will say that last night I finally came around on Cantu. The whole deer in the headlights aproach when he came up with 2 runners on and the game on the line, proves he would have been a good fit in the current lineup.

at 6:23 PM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...


(There are times when logic and common sense needs to be capitalized to overcome the impatient and imprudent.)

at 12:25 AM Blogger Dave said...

Batsfan - your Bailey-bashing aside, thanks. In a franchise that has an eye and a half towards the future, it's nice to have an "imbedded reporter" in the minors. I appreciate your updates - thanks again! Louisville is a great town, and I hope it treats you well.

at 11:08 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

"You reap what you sow...I'd be on my best behavior moving forward if I were you. I'm mostly a lurker who reads the blog for John's insight...you wont have many opportunities to vote my posts down"

Is that something like a secret shopper?


at 3:26 PM Blogger JF said...

There are times when waiting until Mid-June means losing a season.

If it weren't for Jacobs' injury and the Marlins crummy managing, and the luck that the Fish ran the bases so poorly (they must have studied that new book by Freel and Patterson, The Pick Off Whisperer) the Reds wouldn't have a 3-game winning streak...

Once the losing resumes, the drift to "out of it by the Red Sox series" will continue.

Bring Bruce up NOW

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