There's a topology object VMWDistributedVirtualSwitchHostMemberPnicSpec which shows status as either ACTIVE, PASSIVE, STANDBY, NOT_CONNECTED. But when the interface is down it does not change the status.
There are couple of scenarios:
Enhancement request VFOG-10814 has been submitted to Development for a fix in a future release.
Please check the release notes of latest version of VMware cartridge to determine which bug fixes have been included in this release.