As expected, the Padres have activated Yonder Alonso from the disabled list following a four-week absence due to a bone bruise in his right shoulder.
Alonso is starting at first base and batting fifth for the Friars on Tuesday night against the visiting Mets.
It will be his first major league game since May 7.
The 28-year-old was off to a very promising start before the injury, slashing .333/.427/.437 with one home run, 10 RBI, and 11 runs scored in 26 games. Yangervis Solarte served as San Diego’s primary first baseman while Alonso was on the shelf. Solarte is out of the starting lineup Tuesday.
Wil Myers was sent back to San Diego to be evaluated for a left wrist injury, but Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that he’s been diagnosed with tendinitis and will avoid a trip to the disabled list.
Myers injured the wrist Sunday when he collided with Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed while running the bases and felt continued discomfort during batting practice Tuesday. As of now, the Padres are hopeful that he’ll only have to miss three or four days. Myers missed a big part of last season with a fractured right wrist, but he also jammed his left wrist early last year.
Myers was filling in for the injured Yonder Alonso at first base prior to the injury, so the Padres’ depth is being tested at the moment. They are going with Will Middlebrooks at first base and Will Venable in center field tonight against the Nationals.
Myers, who was acquired from the Rays in a three-team trade over the winter, is batting .291/.340/.493 with five home runs and 19 RBI over 32 games this season.
Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso injured his right shoulder diving to field a ground ball Thursday night and will undergo an MRI exam to assess the damage.
Barry Bloom of MLB.com reports that he “screamed out in pain” and it sure sounds like the Padres are expecting to be without Alonso for more than just a few days.
It’s a shame, because after years of underwhelming production and injuries sapping the potential he once showed as a top prospect Alonso has hit .333 with as many walks (13) as strikeouts (13) and an .837 OPS in 26 games. In the previous three seasons for the Padres he hit .268 with a .719 OPS.