O's add infielder Janish before DH opener

O's add infielder Janish before DH opener

BALTIMORE -- Seeking to bolster a short bench, the Orioles selected the contract of Paul Janish from Triple-A Norfolk prior to Saturday's first game of a doubleheader again Oakland.

Janish started Game 1 at shortstop and gives manager Buck Showalter a little more flexibility while shortstop J.J. Hardy is on the disabled list.

"I want to leave [Manny Machado] alone there, but the wear and tear of 18 innings at shortstop," Showalter said of the decison. "A lot more physical and mental challenges at shortstop for 18 innings. … I didn't want to do that two games."

To make room for Janish on the active roster, the Orioles optioned lefty T.J. McFarland to Triple-A Norfolk. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Scott McGough has been designated for assignment.

McFarland is an option to return to the 'pen in Game 2 as the 26th man afforded to a team during a split doubleheader. In that event, he would have to be sent out immediately after the game.

The 33-year-old Janish had been in Houston, where he and his wife welcomed their third child, a daughter, on Friday. He batted .329/.364/.356 with two doubles, two RBIs, and eight runs scored in 21 games with Norfolk this season.

"My wife's doing really well. It's a little weird, had to leave the hospital about four this morning and my wife's holding the baby. I'm doing good. My wife's doing good. It was a little bit of an emotional situation, saying, 'All right, see you later.'" Janish said. "They're doing good, relatively speaking. It's a weird situation, but, all good things."

Janish ranks seventh in the International League in batting average, posting eight multi-hit games and reaching base safely in 16 of his last 20 games. In 445 career Major League games, Janish has hit .216/.284/.291 with 58 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, and 84 RBIs, including a .286/.278/.371 slash line over 14 games with the Orioles last season.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.