Yonder Alonso Injury: Updates on Padres 1B's Recovery from Forearm Surgery

Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 26, 2014

San Diego Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso, who is hitting a fourth best in the majors leagues at .421 since the all-star break, swings a weight batted getting lose during pre-game activity prior to a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
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Yonder Alonso will undergo surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his right forearm. 

The San Diego Padres first baseman was already ruled out for the season with the injury, but he continued to weigh his options for recovery. Ultimately, though, he elected to go with surgery. 

According to MLB.com's Corey Brock, he will be ready for 2015 spring training:

After a promising rookie campaign in 2012, Alonso has seen his numbers dip in each of the past two seasons. In 84 games this year, he hit just .240/.285/.397 with seven home runs and 27 RBI. Those are numbers you can live with from your shortstop—not your first baseman. 

The 27-year-old has struggled to simply stay healthy. He has multiple DL trips due to various hand injuries over the past two seasons, and when he was starting to finally get into a groove—he hit a scorching .522 in 10 August gameshe suffered the forearm strain. 

He has failed to play in 100 games in each of the last two seasons. 

The hope here is that Alonso, who is eligible for his first year of arbitration this winter, can get back to 100 percent and start living up to the potential he once had as a top prospect. 

Still, he was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds by San Diego's old management, and his opportunities may be wearing very thin.