“Field of Airlifts”: Jonathan India airlifted off the Field of Dreams, smacked-by-pitch on the knee

Jonathan India was airlifted from Field of Dreams game for precautionary reasons. The infielder has already had two stints on the injured list this season with hamstring issues.

Jonathan India
Jonathan India
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Jonathan India, second baseman for the Cincinnati Red had a poor start to his Field of Dreams game on Thursday Night against the Chicago Cubs as he was hit by pitch in the first inning of the game. He was drilled by a pitch near the left ankle. The National League Rookie of the Year 2021 had to exit the game due to what was called a lower leg contusion.

A few moments after the game on Thursday night Jonathan India was airlifted to a hospital and spent the night there according to Mark Sheldon of Reds.com. But for the satisfaction of fans, Cincinnati Reds reported that Jonathan India is ok and is expected to be at Great American Ball Park on Saturday when the team takes on the Cubs. He’s driving home with one of the team trainers.

Bobby Nightengale tweeted, “Update on Jonathan India: He was airlifted to Iowa City after last night’s game. There was concern how flying might affect the swelling in his leg. He’s in a car back to Cincinnati now and will be at GABP tomorrow.”

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Jonathan India having a concerning 2022 season with the Cincinnati Reds

Jonathan India
Jonathan India

Fans are worried if the reports of him being back at Great American Ball Park on Saturday for the game channel his entry to the line-up or just his presence in the dugout. It was said to be “deemed unsafe” for the 25-year-old to fly back with his teammates due to “possible effects from altitude and air pressure” on his leg.

Jonathan India left Monday’s game against the New York Mets with a right hamstring injury, but was back in the line-up on Tuesday.

“It’s not fractured,” Reds Manager David Bell said after the game. “It just got him in a bad spot where as the game went on it got more swollen and he lost all flexibility. He was really having a tough time moving. It has to be significant to get him out of the game, but the good news is no fracture.”

Jonathan India’s production has taken a downward slope this season to the tune of .243/.308/.385 with seven homers, 24 RBI, 27 runs and two steals, although he has been limited to just 59 games due to a hamstring injury that required two separate IL stints.

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