Reds shortstop Orlando Cabrera was forced from Game 2 of the NLDS after aggravating an oblique muscle on his left side. Now Paul Janish is drawing the start Sunday in Game 3, according to the Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin.
Cabrera told MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon on Saturday that he didn’t expect to miss any additional time, but the Reds would rather have a healthy Janish than run O-Cabs out there at less than 100 percent.
Janish, 27, has made one plate appearance this postseason but failed to reach base. Cabrera, 35, has a single and a strikeout in five at-bats.
The Reds are hoping to avoid elimination this evening in Cincinnati with right-hander Johnny Cueto battling the Phillies’ Cole Hamels.
White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.
Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.
The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.