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Alonso unlikely to bat again this season

Alonso unlikely to bat again this season

Alonso unlikely to bat again this season

SAN DIEGO -- Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso, who hasn't played since Aug. 30 because of soreness in his right hand, won't likely appear in a game as a hitter the rest of the season.

San Diego manager Bud Black said Sunday that Alonso will in all likelihood not swing a bat again during a game, though he could appear on defense.

"The hitting component for Yonder this week is out," Black said. "But we hope at some point this week that he can play [defense]."

Alonso wasn't quite ready to concede, though.

"I want to play, if not ... I wouldn't be doing all of this stuff," Alonso said. "But I've got to understand it's a process."

Alonso fractured a bone in his hand in late May and missed 34 games. He hit .284 with six home runs, 29 RBIs and seven doubles in 190 at-bats prior to that injury but said his hand hasn't felt fully healthy since, during which time he has hit .278 with four doubles and 16 RBIs.

Alonso received a cortisone shot in his hand during a visit with a hand specialist on Saturday.

"We're still trying to calm it down," he said.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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