Padres' first baseman, second baseman are ailing

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 20 2014 02:33:12 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 20 2014 02:33:13 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO -- A double dose of bad news hit the right side of the San Diego Padres' infield Thursday.

As expected, first baseman Yonder Alonso went on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right wrist.

Unexpectedly, the protective boot that came off second baseman Jedd Gyorko's left foot Wednesday afternoon went back on Thursday morning.

"Not a great sign," Padres manager Bud Black said of the return of the boot.

The nature of both injuries has the Padres concerned.

Alonso's tendinitis is in the same wrist that Alonso broke on May 31, 2013, when he was hit by a pitch. It took five weeks for the break to heal, and after Alonso returned, there was a noticeable loss of strength in the wrist. The Padres shut down him last Sept. 1, hoping the wrist would heal.

The Padres say there in no connection between the right wrist injuries of 2013 and 2014. However, the first baseman was struggling even before the tendinitis, as he was hitting only .210 with five homers in 70 games when he went on the disabled list.

The concern about the painful plantar fasciitis in Gyorko's left foot is even greater. The Padres expected Gyorko would be pain-free when the boot was removed, but shortly after Gyorko began walking without the boot, the pain returned. The return of the boot eliminates any chance that Gyorko will be back in the lineup before the All-Star break.

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