Janish 'outstanding' as fill-in for Cabrera

Janish 'outstanding' as fill-in for Cabrera

LOS ANGELES -- The Reds are not rushing injured shortstop Orlando Cabrera back off the disabled list from a sore left oblique muscle. They don't have to with the way Paul Janish has filled in.

Janish has played every game at shortstop for the Reds since Cabrera went down on Aug. 3. He entered Saturday batting .296 (16-for-54) in his last 15 games with two homers while playing spectacular defense.

"He's been outstanding," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He's gotten some key hits and very key walks. Especially in the eighth spot, you need a guy that can drive in some big runs and also bring the pitcher to the plate with either a hit or walk, especially with two outs so we don't have to pinch-hit for him the next inning and the pitcher isn't leading off the next inning."

Baker was asked if Janish might be due for a day off soon to keep him from wearing down. Remember that Janish played sparingly much of this season.

"He's not tired. He's had four months to rest," Baker said. "You go ask if he needs a day off. "

As for Cabrera, it looked more and more like his return wouldn't come until after the road trip was completed. The Reds head to San Francisco next.

"We'll see. I'm not sure," Baker said. "It's going to be cool and that doesn't help the situation. Whenever he says he's ready, we'll give him another couple of days."