Yonder Alonso's hand healing, baseball activities on horizon

SAN DIEGO -- Yonder Alonso is moving closer to returning from the disabled list after seeing a specialist on Monday.

The first baseman received scans and X-rays, and they showed that the bone in his right hand seems to be healing fine. Alonso could have the splint removed from his hand by the end of the week.

Alonso has been on the disabled list since June 1 with a right hand contusion suffered when he was hit by a pitch there on May 31. The Padres are hoping he can start baseball activities by next week.

"Start playing some catch and doing some strength exercises, and from there, maybe get in the batting cage," Padres manager Bud Black said.

Alonso's return would add a huge presence to the middle of the Padres' order. Alonso is hitting .284 with 54 hits and 29 RBIs.

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