What should the Reds do when Orlando Cabrera returns from the disabled list sometime this week? We all know what they will do — Cabrera will return to the starting lineup and Paul Janish will return to the back of a milk carton — but what should they do?

It’s pretty clear at this point that Janish deserves a bit more playing time, at the least. He’s brilliant defensively, and he’s holding his own at the plate (actually, he’s hitting much better than Cabrera has, but I’m not prepared to claim that he will continue to be significantly better than Orlando as a hitter).

OMGreds has some “numbers of interest” and the ones that allude to Janish’s good play are the most interesting. Go check that out.

John Fay is also discussing the shortstop situation:

Paul Janish continued to make a strong case for playing time after Orlando Cabrera returns from the DL. Janish went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in the Reds’ 6-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Janish is hitting .302 with two home runs and eight RBI in the 11 games since taking over for Orlando Cabrera after Cabrera went on the disabled list with a strained left oblique.

Unfortunately, everyone (including Janish) agrees that he’s destined to return to the end of the bench soon. Sigh…. I’ve been saying all year that Bronson Arroyo is my favorite Red, but I really think Janish might be my favorite at this point. That surprises me.