Baltimore Orioles

Orioles utility man Ryan Flaherty dealing with shoulder soreness

SARASOTA, Fla. — Utility man Ryan Flaherty, who played in two of the Orioles' first three Grapefruit League games, got Monday off with shoulder soreness.

Manager Buck Showalter said he expected Flaherty to be able to return Wednesday when the Orioles host the Boston Red Sox

“[He’s] been throwing a lot,” Showalter said. “Decided to back off him a couple of days. Expect him to be a player probably the day after tomorrow. I hope anyway. If it doesn’t get better we’ll look into it a little deeper. But we don’t suspect anything more than that right now.”

Flaherty is an important piece of the Orioles’ infield – the only player on the 40-man who can play all four infield positions. That importance is magnified with shortstop J.J. Hardy sidelined with back spasms.

Showalter also said he hopes to get recently signed utility man Paul Janish into a game Tuesday, when the Orioles play the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Fla. 

Janish signed with the Orioles on Saturday, marking the third straight year he’s joined the club on a minor league deal. He’s been a valuable piece, helping to shore up the defense in Triple-A as the team’s starting shortstop as well as providing insurance for the big league club at shortstop, third and second. 

“I guess it’s familiar,” Janish said Monday before his first workout of spring with the Orioles. “Hopefully things work out and I get to spend some time in the big leagues, right? But being here and having a familiarity with the coaching staff and Buck, in particular, that obviously bodes well. So, I kind of look at it as a pretty good opportunity over the course of the whole season.”