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Yonder Alonso needs surgery to “re-attach a ruptured tendon to the bone”

Aug 27, 2014, 2:21 PM EST

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Rather than try the rest-and-rehab route after being shut down for the season with what was initially called a “strained forearm,” Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso has opted for surgery to “re-attach a ruptured tendon to the bone.”

Woof.

Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the recovery timetable is expected to be 5-7 weeks, so he’ll have plenty of time to be ready for spring training.

Alonso is arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason coming off a career-worst season in which he hit just .240 with seven homers and a .682 OPS in 84 games. He’s yet to hit even 10 homers in a season, which obviously isn’t ideal at first base, but prior to this year Alonso was consistently an above-average hitter once you factor in the pitcher-friendly environment in San Diego. Presumably the Padres will stick with him for at least one more season.

  1. icanspeel - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    How does that even happen?

  2. vanmorrissey - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    A ruptured tendon that needs to be attached to the bone and rest and rehab would have been therapy for that? Come on, surgery is the only way that thing is going to be fixed.

    • mazblast - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      I know that, you know that, we all know that. It’s only players and management who think R & R will do the job, with surgery seemingly inevitable. The good thing in this case is that the player recognizes it and is having the surgery right now, rather than wasting months on “rest and rehab” before his rehab after surgery stretches into spring training or even the season.

  3. sd619tripleog - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    good thing we got rid of Rizzo :) Byrnes really set this team back awhile. Geez

    • icanspeel - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      Makes you wonder how the team would be with Latos + Rizzo vs Cashner + Alonso + Grandal

      I guess you could say Byrnes being fired already tells you what the owners think of that.

  4. chargrz - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Alonso is a minor league player. At best.

  5. wilmyers09 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    padres are a single a team at least they have no future at all

    • gloccamorra - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      Heh. When Padres acting General Manager A.J. Hinch was looking for buyers for Street and Headley, other teams kept asking about a dozen other players on the Padres active roster. There seems to be a disconnect between your assessment and that of other general managers who are actual general managers. Don’t give up your day job.

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