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Paul Janish Goes Back to Atlanta After Dislocating Shoulder

September 19th, 2012 at 10:11 PM
By Cody Fields

Already down a man in Andrelton Simmons at shortstop, Paul Janish flew back to Atlanta to see a specialist for his recently dislocated shoulder, Dave O'Brien reports.

Janish dislocated his left shoulder while diving for a grounder during the ninth inning of the Braves' loss to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. The club's goal is for him to avoid surgery and be ready for the playoffs, but it may not turn out that way.

“He can’t see a doctor until [Thursday], so we won’t know anything until the evening,” Fredi Gonzalez said. “They’ll do all the tests, whether it’s an MRI, X-ray, whatever they’ve got to do…. He won’t play for a while. It’s significant.”

Martin Prado filled in at shortstop for his ninth start of the year there, and Simmons could be back in the lineup on Friday. The Braves have an off-day Thursday.

Janish said that he has a history of minor shoulder subluxations, where the shoulder will temporarily dislocate and similar to what Freddie Freeman experienced with his knee in Spring Training. Janish also said that while it had happened up to nine times previously, this was the first time he couldn't manage to get his shoulder back in place.

 

“This time it actually dislocated and got stuck out [of the socket],” Janish said. “I’ve had that happen before where it subluxes my shoulder when I dive, and usually it just slides back in. It still hurts but it’s kind of something you just kind of shimmy [it] in and deal with it. This is the first time I ever had it stuck and not be able to get it back in. When I got back up here [to the clubhouse] they popped it back in, which was a little painful, too, but at least it was immediate relief.”

Though the X-rays didn't necessarily look horrible immediately after the game, Janish is not considered day-to-day and could be facing serious damage in his shoulder.

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