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.
Free agent reliever Bryan Shaw has received two multiyear offers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The teams in question have not been revealed, but the demand for Shaw is expected to be high as he comes off of a career-best season.
The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-6 in 79 appearances for the Indians, drawing a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 in 76 2/3 innings. He ranked 12th among qualified relievers with 1.6 fWAR, his highest mark to date, and proved instrumental in helping the club reach their second consecutive division title in 2017.
The Mets are the last known team to show interest in Shaw, as the New York Post’s Mike Puma reported Wednesday. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the club yet, naturally, but they could still use a couple of arms to round out the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia and it’s worth noting that the right-hander has already worked closely with Mets’ skipper and former Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway. While Shaw’s proven consistency and durability should appeal to a wide variety of teams, he’s due for a big payday after making just $4.6 million in his last year with the Indians.