San Diego, CA- The San Diego Padres yesterday placed first baseman Yonder Alonso on the 15-day disabled list with wrist tendinitis. In correspondence the San Diego Padres called-up outfielder Jake Goebbert from Triple-A El Paso.
Alonso has struggled mightily this season for the San Diego Padres. Alonso is only batting .210 with five home runs and 22 RBI’s in 69 games this season. Alonso after having a decent season for the Padres batting .281 with 6 HR and 45 RBI in 97 games, has been a huge disappointment this season and has struggled to stay on the field and live up to his potential.
Alonso despite showing a little more power this season, hasn’t developed into the high average with lots of doubles ” Billy Butler” type bat that the San Diego Padres hoped he would become when they acquired him from the Cincinnati Reds for Mat Latos in 2011.
It’s time for the Padres to admit that the Matt Latos trade was a mistake and stop trying to make Yonder Alonso the first baseman of the future. Alonso is 27 years old and just doesn’t hit enough to remain at the position. In reality Alonso has the hitting ability of a utility middle infielder and that type of production from a 1st baseman is just unacceptable for a Major League starting first baseman. The San Diego Padres are expected play Tommy Medica and Yasmani Grandal at first base in Alonso’s absence.
Goebbert,26, was batting .270 with five homers and 18 RBI in Triple-A El Paso since being acquired from the Oakland Athletics for Kyle Blanks.