KANSAS CITY, Mo. –- For the first time since Sept. 2013, Paul Janish is in a major league lineup. Janish is batting ninth and playing shortstop on Tuesday night.
Janish’s contract was purchased from Norfolk, and was told the news on Monday, a day off for the Tides.
“I was excited, fired up for a lot of reasons,” Janish said. "It's good to be back in the big leagues and hopefully at a time when the team needs some help.”
Janish is a solid defensive shortstop, was credited for helping solidify Norfolk’s pitching staff, and he was set to resume classes at Rice University, where he’s close to a degree. He had a late start to spring training because he had surgery in February for bone chips in his right elbow.
“Unfortunately, we spent much of the year in Norfolk, but it was as good a time as you can have down there, relatively speaking. It’s good to be back playing and hopefully we can finish the season strong,” Janish said.
Obviously, he missed playing in the big leagues.
"I'm excited on a lot of different fronts, but it just makes you appreciate and remember how sweet it is," he said. "It's something I'm pretty excited about and I'm fortunate to be here,” Janish said.
He’s relieved to see his name in the lineup.
“It’s kind of like ripping off a Band-Aid early, just get it over with,” Janish said.
Fans can expect excellent defense from Janish, but don’t look for power. He hasn’t hit a major league home run since Sept. 3, 2010, and didn’t hit one at Norfolk. Harbor Park is one of the harder home run parks in professional ball.
“Unless they let me hit from second base, I don’t think there’s going to be a big difference—or let me use my 7 iron,” Janish joked.