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Cincinnati Reds put Jonathan India on IL, then set mark for worst start in franchise history

Cincinnati Reds put Jonathan India on IL, then set mark for worst start in franchise history
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The Cincinnati Reds placed second baseman Jonathan India on the injured list for the second time this season and then lost their sixth straight game, 10-1 to the Colorado Rockies, to fall to 3-19, setting the franchise mark for their worst start to a season.

Not only is the Reds’ 3-19 record the worst start in franchise history, it’s also tied for the second-worst record through 22 games in baseball’s Modern Era (since 1900), according to ESPN Stats & Information. Only the Baltimore Orioles, who started the season 1-21 in 1988, have had a worse record through 22 games. The Reds are tied with three other teams.

« Our focus is by turning this around; that’s it, » Cincinnati manager David Bell said. « Getting this going in the right direction. I believe so much in what we’re doing as a team [and] as an organization, like we’ve made so much progress.

« This is a tough, tough spot and I really have a lot of faith in our staff and our team to turn this around. That’s a huge challenge. But I know it’s going to happen. That’s the only focus I have. I haven’t thought of anything else. »

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The Reds’ 3-19 start surpassed the 2018 team that started 4-18.

As for India, he was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. It is the second time this season he has been placed on the IL for the same issue. He missed nine games from April 15-25.

« He hasn’t been able to kind of break through being able to go full speed, » Bell told reporters.

India has started the season strong with a .296 batting average in 11 games. He hasn’t yet hit a home run after hitting 21 last season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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