The Cincinnati Reds have placed infielder Jonathan India on the injured list. Taking his place on the 26-man roster is outfielder Mark Payton.

Jonathan India was originally in the Cincinnati Reds starting lineup and at second base on Friday night. But an hour and a half before the game he was placed on the injured list. No injury was specified, which has meant one of two things in the past: He’s on the COVID list because of a positive test, or that he’s on the COVID list because he had his shot and had a reaction to it that was too much to play with. If it’s the latter of the two he can return from the injured list whenever he feels healthy enough to go – we saw that last week with Alex Blandino who was on the injured list for two days. If it’s the latter, then he will miss more time.

What’s interesting is how the Reds altered the lineup once Jonathan India was removed. After playing on the infield earlier last week, David Bell said that Nick Senzel wasn’t really in the plans to play on the infield except in specific situations when it was warranted. Well apparently that time is now because Senzel was moved from the starting centerfield spot to the starting second base spot. An infielder in college and in the minor leagues for the most part, Senzel has experience at second to rely on, even if it is his first start there in the Major Leagues.

With Nick Senzel moving to second base for the night, it means that Tyler Naquin is now in centerfield for the Reds. Over at The Athletic earlier today, Eno Sarris used some metrics to figure out if a players “breakout” April was something that was more than just luck and things looked good for Naquin (and as a result, the Cincinnati Reds).

21 Responses

  1. MK

    I wonder if it could be some delayed concussion effects from beaning of India. It sounded like Shogo might be healthy this weekend, I guess bot.

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    • RojoBenjy

      Concussion is plausible also, except would they have instead been forthright about that? Who knows these days

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    • Doug Gray

      At first I would have said it’s possible, but given that there was no designation with the “placed on the injured list” and that the game is in Cincinnati, which means the media is at the ballpark and can go ask Rob Butcher rather than send him a text because he’s on the road – they’d have corrected it if there were an injury by now is my guess.

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      • Jim Walker

        And isn’t there a concussion protocol that is supposed to be specifically declared and followed?

      • MK

        Wonder if they would have gotten some fine if they had allowed a player to stay in a game and later determined it was a concussion and they did not take proper precautions?

      • MK

        Wonder if they would have gotten some fine if they had allowed a player to stay in a game and later determined it was a concussion and they did not take proper precautions?

      • Max BRAGG

        They have designate someone so we can get Bell 8th OF. The way they pitch you might want to bring up another LEFTY!

  2. RojoBenjy

    Here’s hoping that if Naquin breaks out, Senzel can still get regular PT.

    But as you say, if Naquin breaks out it’s a win for the Reds

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  3. Doc

    Post concussion syndrome came to my mind also, especially given its his second beaning this month. .

    In my opinion, if a player is hit on the head with a pitched ball, it should mean automatic ejection. Sure, it could be an accident, but balls are thrown so hard now and beaning is dangerous.

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      • RojoBenjy

        Well of course, there would be the obvious Cardinals clause–which states that if a Cardinals’ pitcher hits a batter in the head or face, he will NOT be ejected, but instead the batter’s manager SHALL be ejected.

        It won’t even get started as an idea until that clause is put in.

    • Schottzie

      Yes, strengthening the penalty for throwing near the head would be a great rule addition—as you mentioned I believe it would probably persuade the next generation of pitchers to pitch to contact opposed yo trying to blow everyone by, which would have the resulting effect of speeding up the game and adding more action.

      Football has targeting and sure it might be controversial as it doesn’t have to be intentional, but it has opened up the passing game and made the game more fun to watch. And I guess maybe safer but that’s likely moot when you continue to lengthen the season…but in digress.

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      • MK

        Wonder if they would have gotten some fine if they had allowed a player to stay in a game and later determined it was a concussion and they did not take proper precautions?

    • MK

      Wonder if they would have gotten some fine if they had allowed a player to stay in a game and later determined it was a concussion and they did not take proper precautions?

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    • BK

      Agreed. You hit a player in the head and you should be ejected. If it’s deemed intentional, a long suspension should follow.

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  4. TR

    The mention of concussion and India worries me. This young guy has been a real positive in this young season.

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  5. Mark Moore

    My wife started the night by saying, “We need India!”

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    • TR

      Correct. IMO India is the key to the New Reds starting eight.

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  6. Rex

    Brice Harper took a nasty 96mph pitch in the face near his eye Thursday night…it is brutal to watch

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    • RojoBenjy

      By a Cardinals pitcher. And HARPER’s manager was ejected. MLB is consistent. Don’t let the Cardinal pitchers hit your batters in the head or you will get run

      It’s so sad it’s funny

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