Yonder Alonso was placed on the disabled list yesterday in a last-minute change of plans when the Padres realized his wrist injury wasn’t getting any better and general manager Josh Byrnes just said in a radio interview with 1090-AM that the first baseman has a fractured hand.
There’s no official timetable yet for his return, but Byrnes indicated that Alonso could miss a month.
Before being hit by a pitch last week Alonso batted .284 with six homers and a .751 OPS in 54 games, improving on last year’s OPS by just 10 points despite lots of preseason optimism about his production rising thanks to the Petco Park fences coming in.
Kyle Blanks, who was headed to Triple-A before the Padres reversed course and put Alonso on the DL instead, should see plenty of action for however long he’s out.
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.