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Alonso sits as hand continues to heal

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LOS ANGELES -- Yonder Alonso was out of the Padres starting lineup again on Monday, but manager Bud Black is hopeful his first baseman will be available at some point during this week's three-game series at Dodger Stadium.

Alonso was hit in the hand in Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. He exited with a right hand contusion and hasn't played since.

"He's getting close," Black said. "We're hoping tomorrow or the next day. ... He's feeling better. It's all about his grip strength, and that's improving. He's still getting a lot of treatment."

Alonso is hitting .284 with six homers and a .751 OPS this season.

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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