According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Yonder Alonso left Tuesday night’s game because of a right forearm strain. The Padres are awaiting the results of an MRI, and we should all be hoping for the best.
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The first baseman has been a big part of the Padres’ success since the All-Star Break. He is hitting .421 with 2 HR and 5 RBI. In contrast, Alonso was hitting .210 before the break, and went on the DL with tendinitis in his right wrist.
Bud Black is quoted in the article saying, “[Yonder] was standing right next to me and had a bat in his right hand. He did something with the bat that triggered some discomfort.”
This is not good for Alonso, and not good for a team that is doing all the right things on the field. At 15-8 since the break, the Padres are only six games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot. A month ago, the Padres were 11 games back.
The Padres need Alonso to be healthy, but first baseman/outfielder Tommy Medica is prepared to take the extra reps at first if necessary.
Medica is hitting .373 with 3 HR and 10 RBI since the break. His two-homer game on August 1st was pure awesomeness.
It would be best to have the lefty Alonso and the righty Medica for matchups, but the Padres can continue to move forward while Yonder gets his health figured out.