From John Fay:

Shortstop Orlando Cabrera said after Thursday’s game he has been dealt with a sprained ankle since early June, when the Reds visited Washington.

“Every day it’s a struggle, but I can still play,” Cabrera said.

Cabrera was limping slightly as he left the clubhouse Thursday. Cabrera went 0-for-4 and his average dropped to .255.

Cabrera is 3-for-25 (.120) over his past seven games. Anything he can pinpoint?

“I’m just old,” the 35-year-old Cabrera said, smiling. “We’re in first place, that’s all that matters.”

His season numbers are .255/.294/.307 and even worse, his June numbers are .210/.246/.339…

Yet, even in June, with a sprained ankle at some point, he’s started 13 of 15 games…with a player on the bench who by nearly universal agreement is better defensively and who, in his limited ABs this season, has better offensive numbers (.250/.375/.400).

Can anyone put forth a logical explanation for this?

We have often made jokes about Janish being the team’s bat boy or water boy, but what is his possible role on this team if Baker will not play him, when Cabrera is not only struggling, but hurt?