Janish forced back to the hill

Infielder Janish forced back to the hill

PHILADELPHIA -- Reds shortstop Paul Janish hoped there wouldn't be another night like this.

Position players are rarely summoned to pitch, but it's now happened twice in 2009 to the Reds and Janish. He worked the eighth inning of Cincinnati's 22-1 defeat to the Phillies.

"It's the second time this year I've used Janish, and I hadn't [used a positiion player to pitch] in my managerial career until this year," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Baker was given little choice. Monday's rout came one day after a 10-1 defeat to the Cardinals, when the Cincinnati bullpen was needed for four innings. Relievers were also needed to rack up 17 2/3 innings over the previous six-game homestand.

"That's why yesterday, I didn't pitch certain guys and left Bronson [Arroyo] out there just in case something like this happened," Baker said. "You can always think it can't get worse, but my daddy told me 'Don't think that, because it can get worse.' And it got worse."

Reds starter Johnny Cueto lasted only two-thirds of an inning as the Phillies took a 10-0 first inning lead and were leading, 16-1, through six innings.

"The way the game started, we kidded around and had an idea it might happen again," Janish said. "I was really hoping to lower my ERA, but that didn't happen either."

Janish made his way to the bullpen before the bottom of the seventh and began warming up in the top of the eighth.

On May 6, during a 15-3 loss to the Brewers, Janish pitched the ninth inning and gave up five runs. This time, he allowed six runs, including a grand slam to Jayson Werth, which has him with a 49.50 ERA in two appearances.

Look for the Reds to make a roster move before Tuesday's game to get some bullpen protection behind starter Aaron Harang.

"Probably, yeah," Baker said. "Some of those guys are pitching every day. We had to preserve some of our bullpen with [David] Weathers, [Arthur] Rhodes and [Francisco] Cordero."

Until this season, the last time Janish had pitched competitively was as a part-time reliever with Rice University in 2003.

Again displaying fastball velocity in the 89-91 mph range, Janish struggled after getting first batter Carlos Ruiz to ground out. The next six batters reached base before Werth went deep. A couple of times after hits, Janish raised his hand in mock dismay that someone was hitting his stuff.

"If push came to shove and we matched up too many times, they were probably going to get me," Janish said. "I kind of picked up the team. On a serious note, in that situation when it comes down to it, we had to get through the game anyway we could. For me to pick up that inning, you have to do what you have to do."

Janish threw 29 pitches, 17 for strikes.

"I'm going to be sore again," he said. "It's part of the deal when you're doing something you're not used to."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.