Manager Dusty Baker admitted back then that Janish had become something of a scapegoat for a Reds offense that was struggling when he was optioned to Class AAA Louisville and replaced by Cozart on July 7.
That didn't mean Janish didn't need some work. Cincinnati's Opening Day shortstop had hit .227 in 68 games, including a team-leading 59 starts at shortstop, when he was sent down. After some early struggles, Janish collected nine hits in his last 15 at-bats, leaving him feeling more confident when he was recalled Sunday after Cozart went on the disabled list with a hyperextended left elbow.
"I made a few adjustments," Janish, 28, said before Sunday night's 4-3 win over Atlanta. "It wasn't an ideal situation, but it was good to get back with [Louisville hitting coach] Smokey Garrett and [Bats manager] Rick Sweet. I started out slow, but for the past week or so, I felt pretty good. It felt good to show a little consistency. The last week or two, I felt more consistent than I had ins long time."
Janish's mechanical adjustments weren't major, he said. The biggest change was in his head.
"I had fallen into the mind-set of being too hard on myself," he said.
Baker was looking forward to seeing Janish implement his adjustments.
"He made some changes," Baker said. "That's why he went down there. That's where you can go make changes without pressure."
X-rays were negative on Cozart, but the hyperextension forced him to the DL. He was hitting .324 in 11 games since his July 7 promotion.
Baker said he will use a split of Janish and Edgar Renteria -- who started Sunday and batted second -- at short.