Baker to mix and match with Janish, Renteria

Baker to mix and match with Janish, Renteria

Baker to mix and match with Janish, Renteria
CINCINNATI -- With Zack Cozart going on the disabled list, the Reds recalled shortstop Paul Janish from Triple-A Louisville on Sunday. Janish, who entered the season as the regular shortstop, was sent down on July 7 to make room for Cozart on the 25-man roster.

Before his demotion, Janish was batting .227 with no homers and 19 RBIs in 68 games for the Reds and made 59 starts. The day he was sent down, he was on the phone with Louisville manager Rick Sweet and immediately got to work with hitting coach Smokey Garrett.

"It's been a few years since I was down there," said Janish, who was last in Triple-A in 2008. "I started out slow, but the past week to 10 days, I felt good. It's been a good feeling to go up to the plate and feel some consistency for the first time in a while."

Janish, 27, started out 1-for-22 at Louisville but was batting .256 (11-for-43) before his recall. He said he made some mental adjustments more than mechanical swing changes while working with Garrett.

"It's one of those situations where you have to take advantage of the circumstances, even if they weren't ideal," Janish said. "It was situation where you had to swallow it and some adjustments had to be made for sure. I felt like it was productive."

Veteran Edgar Renteria, who was Janish's backup when the season began, started at shortstop for Cincinnati on Sunday night against the Braves. Renteria entered the night batting only. 239, but had a pair of two-hit games since the All-Star break.

"We'll mix and match both of them as of right now," manager Dusty Baker said. "This is sort of Edgar's time of the year we were trying to get him to in the heat. It looks like he's looser. His bat speed is better and he's moving smoother and looser."