What a difference a year makes for Paul Janish -- and not in a good way.
Janish was the starting shortstop last spring. Edgar Renteria was brought in to back him up but the job was Janish's.
Janish did lose the job. He was hitting .227 without a home run on July 7 when the Reds optioned him to Class AAA Louisville and brought up Zack Cozart. Cozart was deemed the shortstop of 2012 based in a very good 11-game stint before an injury ended his season.
Janish finished with a .214 average and no home runs and 23 RBI in 336 at-bats.
This spring, Janish is fighting for a spot on the roster.
"Obviously, it's a lot different," he said. "This year, I'm doing what I can to vie (for a) spot, doing what I can to make the team. Last year, it was pretty set in stone. I knew worst-case scenario I was going to be on the team as the utility guy.
"It's a little different set-up, having to make the team. I'm trying to stay healthy and let the card fall where they may."
Janish is playing third b...