Although he had been working hard to return this season no matter how many games were left, San Diego Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso probably won't be back this year. Alonso experienced continued pain in his injured hand Monday during batting practice.
Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune says Alonso thinks he may have to shut things down for the season. However, Alonso recognizes the injury could get better any day.
“I’m still trying to make it happen, but it didn’t feel well after I hit,” said Alonso. “It might not work out this season. What’s going to be horrible is that it’s going to feel great a month after the season ends.”
Alonso is in his second season with the Padres after the club acquired him from the Cincinnati Reds. In that deal, the Reds got Mat Latos who has turned into a stud for them. Alonso has shown promise, but he has only played in 95 games this season. The Padres certainly could have used him for more. Alonso has been out since August 30th, but he has battled injuries off and on all season.
This year, Alonso hit .281/.341/.368. The numbers were a slight drop-off from last season, but the Padres believe Alonso can do more. He has power, he can hit for average, and he can get on base. He'll simply have to put all three together during a healthy season to have success.
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