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Alonso on the mend

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Yonder Alonso takes ground balls during batting practice at Kino Stadium. Yonder Alonso takes ground balls during batting practice at Kino Stadium.

By Nick Nollenberger

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - San Diego Padres first baseman Yonder Alonzo hopes his Thursday night start for the Tucson Padres against the Las Vegas 51's is his last before he is recalled to the big leagues.

Alonzo has not seen Major League action since May 31st when he was placed on the disabled list with a right hand injury after being hit by a pitch.

Before Alonzo began his rehab stint he was leading the San Diego Padres with 29 RBI's.

Through his four games with Tucson Alonzo is batting .571 (6-for-14) with two RBI's. He went two-for-three with a pair of singles in the Padres 11-3 loss Thursday to Las Vegas.

This injury is a first for Alonzo and he opted not to have surgery. So far he has not felt any pain in his comeback.

"It's my first time on the disabled list, that's part of the game," said Alonso. "Unfortunately it took longer for me to get back than I wanted, but… hopefully I can get back sooner than later."

When Alonso does return to the big leagues he and his teammates will have a lot of work to do.  San Diego recently lost ten in a row, and has only won three of their last nineteen.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.

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