Antonelli progressing from hand injury

Antonelli progressing from hand injury

DENVER -- Minor League second baseman Matt Antonelli, who is attempting to shake a nagging hamate bone injury to his left hand, was able to take batting practice for the first time in a week on Friday.

Antonelli hit in the cage and said that his hand was "feeling a little better than what it was last week, but still not 100 percent."

It was decided that he won't hit again until Monday as the Padres try to get the injury to quiet down. In the meantime, Antonelli is getting treatment on the hand, which includes heat, ice, stretching and messaging.

Antonelli hit .378 with one home run and eight RBIs in 37 at-bats with the Padres during Spring Training. Antonelli, the Padres' No. 1 pick (17th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, will report to Triple-A Portland when the injury is healed.

In the meantime, Josh Barfield has been playing second base in Portland. Barfield, once a Padres prospect, was their starting second baseman in 2006.