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Yonder Alonso is headed to the disabled list and might not have a job when he gets back

Jun 19, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso has been out since Monday with a sore right wrist and Bernie Wilson of the Associated Press reports that he’ll be placed on the disabled list.

According to Wilson the Padres will call up Triple-A corner outfielder/first baseman Jake Goebbert to replace Alonso, who’s hit just .210 with five homers and a .591 OPS in 69 games this season. Alonso’s bat has simply never developed like the Padres hoped when they acquired him from the Reds for Mat Latos in December of 2011.

He’s now a 27-year-old career .266 hitter with a .714, and while that’s a lot better than it looks once you account for pitcher-friendly Petco Park his average of nine home runs per 150 games just doesn’t cut it at first base.

Goebbert, meanwhile, is a 26-year-old career minor leaguer with a modest .437 slugging percentage in 131 total games at Triple-A, although that includes much better numbers there this season. San Diego acquired him from Oakland last month in exchange for Kyle Blanks. He’s hardly a high-upside prospect, but it’ll be interesting to see whether the Padres stick with Goebbert for a while if he hits right away.

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  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR…why not try Quentin at 1B? Perhaps he stays a little healthier when he is not trying to cover an OF the size of a soccer stadium.

    • singingfriar - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      GM Josh Byrnes has gone on record as saying that there’s no chance. 1B would actually be harder on his knees.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        I can’t think of a player more poorly suited to his team. Maybe they can trade him to the Twins for Kendrys.

  2. calicokiller49 - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Quentin is right handed, and doesn’t play good defense. any other questions.

  3. dodger88 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Talk about 2 disappointing and related trades. After Alonso for Latos they sent Anthony Rizzo to the Cubs for Andrew Cashner. As it stand now they would be better off with Rizzo and Latos as opposed to Alonso and Cashner.

    • everythingisgenius - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      I agree with Latos/Alonso at this point, but Cashner has been (forgive the pun) money this season. He’s currently 4th in the NL in ERA and if he keeps it up will definitely get some Cy Young consideration at the end of the year. It’s not his fault the Padres decide they don’t need to score more than 2 runs every time he pitches.

  4. xpensivewinos - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that he sucks?!?!?!?!?

    • ch0psuey - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:33 AM

      Wow you bring a so much to the discussion table, your wit and knowledge just blows our mind…….. /end Sarcasm

  5. wahoo21 - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Nobody is going to hit as long as they have plantier and powell as the hitting coaches

  6. drewsylvania - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Shouldn’t the hitting coach have been drawn & quartered by now?

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