Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India has been taking batting practice, going through defensive drills at second base and running on the field at Great American Ball Park this week.
It looked like he was getting close to starting a rehab assignment. But after further evaluation and a doctor’s visit on Monday, India will not play in a game for the next 10 days to two weeks.
“He’s running, he’s doing everything 100 percent, but it’s a controlled environment,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He saw a doctor yesterday, and it’s not fully healed. So there’s risk in having him go to play in an uncontrolled environment. ”
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India has been dealing with a hamstring injury since the middle of April. India left the April 14 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers after pulling his hamstring while running the bases.
India’s hamstring injury looked like a short-term issue at the time, and the Reds waited five days before placing him on the injured list. India went on the IL on April 19, returned to the Reds lineup on April 26 and went back on the IL on May 1.
At the time, Bell said he was assured that nothing India did while he was playing at the end of April made the hamstring injury worse. India said he was healthy, but he just wasn’t ready to return to play in a game.
He’s known for his ability to play through injuries, but India continues to be troubled by this hamstring injury.
Nick Senzel flashes in return to lineup
In his first game back in the Reds lineup, center fielder Nick Senzel made a leaping catch at the wall in Monday’s loss to the Chicago Cubs.
Senzel had missed about two weeks after he went on the COVID injured list. That play showed the athleticism that led the Reds to move him to center field when Senzel was in the minor leagues.
“He has the speed, the instincts for sure,” Bell said. “Good arm. Great hands. Good jumps. For not having a ton of experience out there, he’s definitely playing well. He could probably play every position on the field in a pretty similar way. He has the athleticism to be able to do it. He’s going to keep getting better. “
Tommy Pham seeking good break
Reds left fielder Tommy Pham consistently made hard contact on the Reds’ recent nine-game road trip, but he was 6-for-38 at the plate in that stretch.
Pham has been one of the best players in baseball this year at making consistent hard contact, ranking in the 97th percentile in average exit velocity. Entering Tuesday’s game, Pham was hitting .221, but a home run in Monday’s game versus the Cubs was a step in the right direction.
“With the way things are looking this year, it looks like I’ll have to barrel up balls pull side more just to get hits,” Pham said. “When I barrel balls to center and right field they’re getting caught. I’ve got to figure something out. ”
Reds’ rotation update
In Monday’s loss to the Cubs, as starter Vladimir Gutierrez allowed four runs in four innings, Bell said Gutierrez showed both sides of who he is as a pitcher.
Gutierrez started the game with three no-hit innings. His fastball velocity was up, and his slider was breaking at the last second to get swings and misses. In a four-run fourth inning, Gutierrez went the other direction.
As the Reds’ rotation deals with injuries, Bell said Gutierrez could make another start.
“We’re trying to work through that right now and decide what’s best for (Gutierrez) next,” Bell said. “Our rotation for beyond Friday night, to Saturday, has not been officially decided yet. He’d be in line to make that start most likely. But we haven’t made a final determination there. He’s, as of now, most likely going to remain a starter for that day, but not for sure. He’ll either make that start or go back to our bullpen. ”
Reds’ injury updates
Reds reliever Justin Wilson has been out with a left flexor mass since April 27, and he’s continuing to feel pain in his elbow. Bell said Wilson will be reevaluated by a doctor on Wednesday.
Reliever Lucas Sims has been out since May 12 with a lower back injury, and Bell said it will take “a little bit of time” for Sims to return.
“With that type of injury, it’s a lot of core exercises, abdominal work to strengthen the core and his back,” Bell said. “That can actually heal the disc and all of that. He’s going to be fine, healthier. It’s going to take a little bit of time. He’s getting there. A lot of it is building core strength. ”