Janish debuts for O's, while Webb returns

Janish debuts for O's, while Webb returns

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Shortstop Paul Janish finally made his Grapefruit League debut for the Orioles on Saturday, while right-hander Ryan Webb returned after about a two-week absence.

Janish, who had bone chips removed from his right elbow last month, started and played six innings in the field against the Twins at Hammond Stadium. He went 1-for-3 at the plate, singling up the middle in his first at-bat.

But Janish is in camp far more for his glove than his bat. The Orioles signed the 32-year-old to a Minor League deal in November, and he already has made an impression with his defensive prowess despite the injury.

"He can catch it," manager Buck Showalter said. "His glove is a friendly place for us. When you talk about pure defenders, Paul's got to be in that conversation with anybody."

Janish spent time in the Majors with the Reds and Braves from 2008-13, hitting .214/.284/.288, before splitting last year between the Triple-A affiliates of the Rockies and Royals. In addition to shortstop, he also has experience at second and third base.

Webb pitched the eighth inning of the Orioles' 5-3 win, his third appearance of the spring and first since March 6. The 29-year-old had been dealing with a sore left knee.

Joe Mauer hit a leadoff single against Webb, who then got a flyout and a ground-ball double play to escape trouble.

"He kept the ball on the ground, threw it over," Showalter said. "Probably some cobwebs kicking out of there. Hopefully he can take his good health and run with it the rest of the way."

Webb made 51 appearances for the Orioles last season, his first with the club. In 49 1/3 innings, he posted a 3.83 ERA, with 12 walks and 37 strikeouts.

• Right-hander Hunter Harvey, the No. 42 prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB.com, was hit on the shin by a comebacker while pitching in a Minor League game on Saturday. He was being taken for precautionary X-rays, Showalter said.

Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.