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Yonder Alonso & Jedd Gyorko could return to the Padres this weekend

San Diego, CA- San Diego Padres 1st baseman Yonder Alonso and 2nd baseman Jedd Gyorko could return to the Padres this weekend against the Atlanta Braves, according to Corey Brock of Padres.com.

Gyorko has been DL since June 6th with plantar fasciitis and has struggled to get going this season and has the lowest batting average among qualifying players in baseball at (.162) on the season.

In 56 games has only 5 home runs and has struck out 56 times in 221 at bats. The Padres signed Jedd Gyorko to a five-year $35 million contract extension in April, mainly based on how well Jedd Gyorko performed last season when he hit .249 with 23 home runs and 63 RBI’s. Jedd Gyorko finished second behind Robinson Cano for the most home runs among Major League second baseman last season. Jedd Gyorko also became the first rookie second baseman to lead his team in home-runs and RBI’s in a single season. Hopefully his time off the past month will help him recover from his season-long slump.

Alonso has been on the disabled list with wrist tendinitis since June and 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.

While Gyorko will be given back his starting position at either 2nd or 3rd base, I really hope the Bud Black and the Padres don’t resort to playing Alonso full-time at 1st base again. It’s time for the Padres to admit that Alonso isn’t the first baseman of the future and continue to give Tommy Medica and Yasmani Grandal most of the playing time at first base.

Tags: Jedd Gyorko San Diego Padres Yonder Alonso

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