WASHINGTON -- Paul Janish has made himself welcome in the Orioles clubhouse. On Wednesday night, he lent Ryan Flaherty a glove to play right field.
Janish, who signed a minor league contract with the Orioles last November, didn’t get to play with the team until his contract was purchased from Norfolk late last month.
Manager Buck Showalter loves Janish’s defense and has indicated he’d like to have Janish back next year. One of his goals for the off-season is to have strong replacements at shortstop and center field in case J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones are hurt.
Janish’s offense is secondary, but it seems he hits better when he doesn’t play often.
“Over the course of my career, I’ve kind of found that it’s kind of weird. I play well when I play sporadically. I don’t know why that is…I kind of feel like the role suits me,” Janish said.
A career .216 hitter, Janish is batting .292 in 10 games for the Orioles.
“I think it’s more an issue of experience more than anything else, Coming up, I kind of wondered why certain people may have made the team…I think it’s kind of, for lack of a better word, kind of chill out.
At this point in my career, I feel better doing that,” Janish said.
Janish doesn’t want to think about 2016.
“I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself because there’s one certain thing about this game, is that there’s no way to predict what’s going to transpire in the future, hopefully play well for the duration of the season. If that works out, that would be great,” Janish said.
Janish is a semester short of his degree at Rice University. If the Orioles hadn’t added him to the roster, he would have gone back to school.
“Supply and demand, I was an economics major, assuming there’s a demand, I’ll provide the supply. That’s not up to me entirely. All things being equal, I’d like to continue playing especially now that I didn’t have the ability to graduate, I don’t have anything else to do,” Janish said.
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