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).