The Reds announced Tuesday that they’ve reinstated second baseman Jonathan India from the injured list and designated utilityman JT Riddle for assignment in order to open a spot on the 40-man roster. Cincinnati also optioned infielder Alejo Lopez to Triple-A and added infielder Matt Reynolds to the active roster. The Reds claimed Reynolds off waivers a couple days ago.
India, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, wound up requiring only a minimal stay on the injured list while nursing a hamstring strain. He’s back in the lineup hitting leadoff for today’s game. The 25-year-old has gotten out to a slow start in his sophomore season, hitting just .241/.267/.276 — albeit in a tiny sample of 30 plate appearances. The 2021 season saw India, a former No. 5 overall draft pick, break out with an outstanding .269/.376/.459 batting line, 21 home runs, 34 doubles, two triples and a dozen steals.
As for Riddle, the 30-year-old journeyman appeared in two games and went 1-for-4 with a single in that brief look. He signed a minor league deal with Cincinnati in the offseason and got out to a fast start in Triple-A Louisville, where he hit .258/.333/.516 in 36 trips to the plate. That said, Riddle is a career .244/.296/.396 hitter in parts of seven Triple-A seasons, including a tepid .202/.269/.333 last season with the Twins’ top affiliate in St. Paul. The former Marlins prospect has spent the bulk of his pro career playing shortstop, but he’s moved into more of a utility role in recent seasons, seeing ample time at second base, third base and all three outfield spots (center, in particular).
The Reds will have a week to trade Riddle, place him on outright waivers or release him.
Alanis Morisette said thank you India, thank you terror!!!
Dumpster Divin Theo
Ironic. I was just looking for a spoon than it started raining.
“Oh no, his last name is ‘India’ and he’s not from India! That’s cultural appropriation! Just like what evil Cleveland used to do! Waaaahhh!”
You seem to be the one crying, get over it already.
They DFA’d Hendrix to claim Reynolds. Now they’re DFA’ing Riddle to clear a space on the active roster for India. The open spot on the 40-man roster isn’t really needed for that transactions. It should still be open, right?
It really doesn’t matter who they sign, DFA, whatever. This org is ridiculous.
Definitely seems like they need to gut the upper offices and start over with a Bloom/Cherrington/Ng type.
That’s smart…send a kid that can put the bat on the ball in Alejo back to Louisville and replace him with a guy who couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a rowboat..
I agree. I think Lopez must have slept with Phil C’s wife.
I think Lopez is their leading hitter or close right now. That poor kid is never going to get a fair chance with the Reds. They should let him play somewhere and see what they have.
But where we gonna go? It’s getting hard to root for this team..
I am pulling for the Braves until there is a ownership change with the Reds.. I have been a Reds fan for close to 65 years. Anyone with half a baseball brain knows that dog won’t hunt.
Dumpster Divin Theo
Riddle me this