Reds sticking with shortstop duo for time being

Reds sticking with shortstop duo for time being

BALTIMORE -- As the Reds' shortstop duo of Paul Janish and Edgar Renteria has struggled to hit this season, speculation about whether to promote shortstop prospect Zack Cozart has intensified in recent days.

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has no immediate plans to make a change, however.

"Everybody has a spot on the club that may not be [getting] all the production they want," Jocketty said. "But we're still getting good defense from those guys. That is as critical as the offense for us, because of our pitching staff and the way we've built our club, defense is extremely important."

The Janish-Renteria combination came into Sunday batting .230 for the season, with zero home runs and 14 errors in the field. At Triple-A Louisville, Cozart was batting .318 with seven homers, 29 RBIs and eight errors entering Sunday.

Despite his six errors as the primary shortstop, Janish generally has an exceptional glove and is probably better defensively than Cozart. Janish came into the day batting .232 in 61 games, with 19 RBIs.

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"We're willing to wait for a while," Jocketty said. "We still have faith in Janish. Right now, he's probably putting a lot of pressure on himself. He just needs to relax and play the type of game he's capable of playing."