The Cincinnati Reds announced that they had placed second baseman Jonathan India on the 10-day injured list with plantar fasciitis. The move was retroactive to yesterday. Stuart Fairchild is being called up from Triple-A to take his roster spot.
Last night, following the game in Los Angeles, we found out that Jonathan India had an MRI on his foot. He was initially in the Reds starting lineup on Saturday, but was scratched due to the issue with his foot. India had been 3-18 over the last five games. On the season he has played in 103 games and has hit .251/.336/.409 with 12 steals, 20 doubles, and 14 home runs.
Cincinnati’s depth makes this move a little less painful that losing a starting infielder otherwise would. While India is out it’s likely that Matt McLain will start at second base every day with Elly De La Cruz playing at shortstop. Spencer Steer and Christian Encarnacion-Strand are likely to both see action over at third base, with Encarnacion-Strand also seeing time at first and the designated hitter role. It makes David Bell’s job a little bit easier when it comes to shuffling the lineup on a daily basis where he was trying to keep everyone on a mostly regular schedule and getting at-bats and playing time.
Stuart Fairchild is back with the Reds after spending the last month in Triple-A with Louisville. In 66 games with Cincinnati he hit .237/.339/.404 – basically what Jonathan India was hitting. In his 19 games with the Bats in the minor leagues he hit well, posting a .284/.379/.482 line. Fairchild, though, had been far more successful against left-handed pitching in the big leagues. Against lefties he hit .262/.385/.400. He showed good power against righties, but hit just .220 and had a .305 on-base percentage to go along with his .407 slugging percentage.
At this point we don’t know how long the club expects Jonathan India to be out. India told C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic that he hoped he would only miss the minimum amount of time.