Reds News: Jonathan India injury, Joey Votto IG post, Elly De La Cruz

The Reds have a lot of infielders, but only so many spots on the diamond.

Cincinnati Reds infielders Elly De La Cruz, Joey Votto, Jonathan India
Cincinnati Reds infielders Elly De La Cruz, Joey Votto, Jonathan India / Emilee Chinn/Cincinnati Reds/GettyImages

Spring training is here and most of the Cincinnati Reds are already in Goodyear despite the fact that full squad workouts don't officially begin until next week. Pitchers and catchers reported today, with the likes of Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, and Lucas Sims getting in work.

But with almost the entire roster already present in Arizona, a few nuggets were made available that included the likes of Jonathan India, Elly De La Cruz, and now former Reds first baseman Joey Votto.

Reds news: Jonathan India dealing with lingering injury

According to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic (subscription required), Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India is still dealing with plantar fasciitis. It hasn't completed halted India's on-field work this spring, as he's been observed getting some reps on the infield dirt.

Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer spoke to India about the injury, and the 27-year-old said that he's well ahead of schedule, but he's taking it slow.

But India will likely be seeing some time on the outfield grass as well. David Bell mentioned that India will play both first and second base and also receive some reps in the outfield. This lingering injury, however, is something to monitor as the spring progresses.

Reds news: Elly De La Cruz cemented at shortstop

Bell also spoke about the Reds' plans for the infield during the upcoming season. While Reds fans should expect players like India, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, and Jeimer Candelario to play multiple positions in 2024, Elly De La Cruz appears to have his position on lock down.

De La Cruz will be the Reds everyday shortstop with Bell saying (via, "Elly is going to play a lot of short. Matt's (McLain) going to play a lot of second, and then everything else we got to kind of let it play out a little."

For all those fans throughout Reds Country hoping to see last year's rookie get some time in the outfield, that seems unlikely. From Bell's comments, it would seem that more times than not, De La Cruz and McLain will be occupying the middle of the Reds' infield.

Reds News: Joey Votto still without a new team

Do Not Go Gentle into the Good Night is a poem by Welsh author Dylan Thomas. It just so happens that Joey Votto quoted the poem on his Instagram page recently with a picture of the former Cincinnati Reds in his classic batting stance.

Votto is still a man without a team. The Reds declined Votto's $20 million club-option for the 2024 season, and the former NL MVP remains a free agent. While a few teams have tinkered with the idea of adding Votto to their roster, nothing has materialized quite yet.