The hits keeping coming for Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso in 2014. Following a 30-game stint on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right wrist, Alonso was placed on the 15-Day DL again with soreness in the same wrist.
It was reported by Will Laws of MLB.com that Alonso will join shortstop Everth Cabrera back on the DL after sustaining the injury against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday night. Padres manager Bud Black confirmed Wednesday that Alonso suffered a right wrist/forearm injury during Tuesday night’s 4-1 win over the Rockies and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday.
Black also added, “It’s more tendon-muscle related, but the initial feedback I’m getting from the medical department is they’re concerned about this. Alonso has had these forearm issues, and I’m sure they’re interrelated to some extent.”
Even though the Padres are still considered a long shot looking up, they have crept within six games of the second wild card playoff spot, and Alonso has been one of the contributing factors. Over the past two week, Alonso was crushing the ball hitting .421 with two homers and five RBI in that span.
Despite only .24o with seven homers and 27 RBI on the season, Alonso has seen his average climb nearly 60 points since May. Will he be the same player if he comes back off the DL? Only time will tell, but he has certainly been one of the more consistent hitters leading the Padres offense in the second half of the season.