By GARY SCHATZ - Associated Press



Cincinnati Reds' Tyler Stephenson (37) and Jonathan India (6) celebrate after scoring off India's two-run home run in the ninth inning of the baseball game against the New York Mets, July 30, 2021, in New York. Jonathan India and Tyler Stephenson pledge to avoid the “sophomore jinx” by setting new goals for the 2022 season taking on more responsibility in Reds' new lineup. India exceeded expectations by winning the Reds’ second base job and then National League Rookie of the Year. Stephenson showed that he could Cincinnati’s everyday catcher. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Cincinnati Reds' Tyler Stephenson (37) and Jonathan India (6) celebrate after scoring off India's two-run home run in the ninth inning of the baseball game against the New York Mets, July 30, 2021, in New York. Jonathan India and Tyler Stephenson pledge to avoid the “sophomore jinx” by setting new goals for the 2022 season taking on more responsibility in Reds' new lineup. India exceeded expectations by winning the Reds’ second base job and then National League Rookie of the Year. Stephenson showed that he could Cincinnati’s everyday catcher. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)


Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India runs down a ground ball during a spring training baseball workout Monday, March 14, 2022, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


Shortstop Barrero, starter Castillo among injured

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cincinnati Reds shortstop José Barrero needs hand surgery and will be sidelined for about six weeks, manager David Bell said Tuesday.

Seen as the Reds’ shortstop of the future, the 23-year-old Barrero was scheduled to have hook hamate surgery Tuesday in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Kyle Farmer is the presumptive everyday shortstop for the Reds but Barrero was expected to see more playing time this season.

Also Tuesday, Bell said right-hander Luis Castillo may miss his first start of the regular season with shoulder soreness. He was expected to start long-tossing on Tuesday.

A lingering shoulder injury will keep right-hander Justin Dunn sidelined for the next couple months. The 26-year-old Dunn came to the Reds in the trade that sent All-Star Jesse Winker and slugger Eugenio Suárez to the Seattle Mariners.

Right-hander Mike Minor, who came to the Reds from the Royals in exchange for reliever Amir Garrett, has shoulder soreness that he has dealt with before, Bell said. He was scheduled to throw in the bullpen Tuesday.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Jonathan India exceeded expectations by winning the Reds’ second base job and then National League Rookie of the Year.

Rookie Tyler Stephenson last season showed that he could be Cincinnati’s everyday catcher.

Both will try to avoid a sophomore letdown while being asked to carry more of the load in the Reds offense in 2022.

After being stuck at the alternate site during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, India came to camp in 2021 to prove himself.

He won the starting job at second base in spring training while providing the Reds’ offense with a reliable-lead off hitter.

On May 8, India’s batting average dipped to a season-low .208. But then he took off, flirting with the .300 mark and showing surprising power with 21 home runs after hitting 17 in two minor league seasons.

He finished .269/.376/.409 with 57 extra base hits and a team-leading 12 stolen bases.

The 25-year-old India knows he has much more work to do.

“I don’t consider myself established yet,” he said. “I want to improve as a player. I have one year under my belt. I still have to prove myself. All I can do is get better at my game.

“I want to be more consistent at the plate and improve my stolen bases,” said India, who was the seventh overall pick in the 2018 draft out of the University of Florida. “I just need to work and get better every day. I will pick a routine and stick to it.”

Stephenson also found success in his first full season.

A first-round draft pick in 2015, he made his major league debut in 2020, hitting a home run in his first at-bat. Last spring he came to camp trying to stick as a backup catcher behind Tucker Barnhart.

Stephenson not only filled that role, he established himself as a middle-of-the-lineup hitter to the point that the Reds played him at first base to get his bat in the lineup, spelling Joey Votto.

His batted .286 with 21 doubles and 10 homers and instilled so much confidence that the Reds traded Barnhart to the Detroit Tigers.

“I am working on the catching position,” Stephenson said. “I’m working on my catching stance and getting in better position. Other than that, I’m just trying to have fun and make some adjustments, nothing major.”

He wants to reward the Reds for the confidence in him.

“I want to go out there and play as much as I can,” Stephenson said. “Whatever that is, first base, DH, I don’t care. As long as I can play a lot, I’m fine with that.”

His time behind Barnhart, who won two Gold Gloves, enabled his quick development.

“I learned so much from Tuck,” the 25-year-old Stephenson said. “He taught me how to be a professional. He came in to work every day. I learned so much about how to catch, how to be a professional.”

The Reds traded Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez before training camp started and lost Nick Castellanos to free agency, making it even more important that the young players reach the next level.

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Cincinnati Reds’ Tyler Stephenson (37) and Jonathan India (6) celebrate after scoring off India’s two-run home run in the ninth inning of the baseball game against the New York Mets, July 30, 2021, in New York. Jonathan India and Tyler Stephenson pledge to avoid the “sophomore jinx” by setting new goals for the 2022 season taking on more responsibility in Reds’ new lineup. India exceeded expectations by winning the Reds’ second base job and then National League Rookie of the Year. Stephenson showed that he could Cincinnati’s everyday catcher. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/03/web1_128435526-fe49d347be214f9b80dc7df5b33dcae2.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Tyler Stephenson (37) and Jonathan India (6) celebrate after scoring off India’s two-run home run in the ninth inning of the baseball game against the New York Mets, July 30, 2021, in New York. Jonathan India and Tyler Stephenson pledge to avoid the “sophomore jinx” by setting new goals for the 2022 season taking on more responsibility in Reds’ new lineup. India exceeded expectations by winning the Reds’ second base job and then National League Rookie of the Year. Stephenson showed that he could Cincinnati’s everyday catcher. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India runs down a ground ball during a spring training baseball workout Monday, March 14, 2022, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/03/web1_128435526-c8f3718f5faf4314a9fc848a68530b1a.jpgCincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India runs down a ground ball during a spring training baseball workout Monday, March 14, 2022, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

By GARY SCHATZ

Associated Press

Shortstop Barrero, starter Castillo among injured

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cincinnati Reds shortstop José Barrero needs hand surgery and will be sidelined for about six weeks, manager David Bell said Tuesday.

Seen as the Reds’ shortstop of the future, the 23-year-old Barrero was scheduled to have hook hamate surgery Tuesday in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Kyle Farmer is the presumptive everyday shortstop for the Reds but Barrero was expected to see more playing time this season.

Also Tuesday, Bell said right-hander Luis Castillo may miss his first start of the regular season with shoulder soreness. He was expected to start long-tossing on Tuesday.

A lingering shoulder injury will keep right-hander Justin Dunn sidelined for the next couple months. The 26-year-old Dunn came to the Reds in the trade that sent All-Star Jesse Winker and slugger Eugenio Suárez to the Seattle Mariners.

Right-hander Mike Minor, who came to the Reds from the Royals in exchange for reliever Amir Garrett, has shoulder soreness that he has dealt with before, Bell said. He was scheduled to throw in the bullpen Tuesday.