It has been a little over a month since the Cincinnati Reds had Jonathan India on their active roster. The 2021 National League Rookie of the Year has been sidelined with plantar fasciitis in his left foot since the end of July.
India found himself in a bit of a slump during the middle of the season, but in his last handful of games before landing on the injured list, the Reds second baseman was returning to form. During his last seven games in July, India hit .269/.345/.346.
More importantly than that, the Reds were rolling. Just how big of an impact was India’s presence in the lineup, and where do the Reds stand since his move to the injured list?
What is the Reds record since Jonathan India was placed on the injured list?
After appearing in every game during the 2023 season, the Cincinnati Reds have played the last 37 games without Jonathan India. In those games, the team has put together a win-loss record of 16-21.
At the time of India's placement on the IL, the Reds sat eight games above .500 with a record of 57-49. The Reds are now just three games above .500 at 73-70. An even deeper look shows how much the NL Central standing have changed.
India was placed on the IL retroactive to July 29th, the Reds were just a halg-game back of the Milwaukee Brewers at that time. Now, a little over a month later, the Reds have fallen 6.5 games out of first place, and now sit behind the Brewers and Chicago Cubs.
The Reds still are in the middle of the playoff race, despite India’s absence. But a costly loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night combined with a 1-0 Arizona Diamondbacks victory over the Cubs have the Reds 1.5 games back in the chase for the final Wild Card spot.
Jonathan India may not have been the biggest contributor to the Reds this season, and in the eyes of some fans, he's the odd man out moving forward. Regardless, there is no denying the team has played with an extra spark wihen India is in the lineup.
With both India and Matt McLain on the IL, Spencer Steer has been getting the majority of starts at second base. If all goes well during India's current rehab assignment, he could rejoin the team as soon as next week's road trip to Detroit.