Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India was placed on the 10-day Injured List back on April 30th. So with the 10 days having already passed, why haven't we seen the reigning National League Rookie of the Year back on the field?
If you've been watching the Reds in recent games, you've probably noticed India's presence in the dugout. The infielder was also celebrating with Kyle Farmer in the dugout on Monday night after the Reds shortstop broke his 0-for-34 streak with a home run to right-center field against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Yes, India is eligible to come of the IL at any time, but the Reds are taking it very slowly with their star second baseman. India had already been on the Injured List earlier this season with a similar injury (hamstring) and the Reds are taking every precaution to be sure that the 26-year-old doesn't have to end up on the IL for a third time later this season.
Reds 2B Jonathan India's return from the IL is getting closer.
Jonathan India will likely be out for the remainder of this week, but it would be surprising to see the Cincinnati Reds second baseman be out for much longer. According to Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer, India took part in on-field agility drills on Tuesday.
That's a good sign for Reds fans who want to see Jonathan India return to the field, but I have to imagine that we're at least a week away from seeing the University of Florida product back on the diamond.
Why rush it? The Cincinnati Reds, while they've improved over the last few games, are still well out of first-place in the National League Central Division, and it's being reported that the front office is fielding calls from potential suitors for Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle.
This season has become more about restocking the farm system and developing the team's young talent rather than winning games. With that in mind, I'd prefer to see the Reds take a very cautious approach with one of their core players.
In his absence, we've seen both Brandon Drury and Matt Reynolds get the majority of reps at second base. Both has filled in admirably but will undoubtedly find a spot back on the bench once Jonathan India returns to the Cincinnati Reds lineup.