Nix and Janish re-assigned
The Orioles reassigned Jayson Nix and Paul Janish to Minor League camp following Friday’s game, trimming their spring roster to 33.
The O’s must set their Opening Day roster by 3 p.m. ET on Sunday and have just a few decisions remaining. They will put four guys on the disabled list -David Lough, J.J. Hardy, Matt Wieters and Jimmy Paredes– and Chris Davis is on the restricted list for one more game which brings them to 28. There’s also plans to remove Ryan Webb from the 40-man which would mean just two more decisions.
Janish had bone chips removed from his elbow earlier this spring and missed the first portion of camp, playing in 10 games and batting .125. Nix went 8-for-38 in 27 games.
“I do know talking to a lot of people I trust, there’s another level there [with Nix]…and Jayson was on a playoff roster last year, we hope those guys both stay and play,” manager Buck Showalter said.
The plan is for Janish to play shortstop at Triple-A and Nix will play all over the field.
“I’d be shocked if both of those guys weren’t in the big leagues with us or somebody else this year.”
Showalter stopped short of saying Everth Cabrera is now guaranteed a spot, though he did say the infielder has looked a lot more comfortable over the final week of spring. Cabrera has gotten 25 at-bats, among the most this spring, which was by design as the O’s wanted to evaluate the new infielder.