READING, Pa. -- Carlos Alonso, the Reading Fightin Phils' second baseman who spent the first month of the season feasting on fastballs thanks to leadoff man Roman Quinn's wreaking havoc on the base paths, is out for the rest of the season with a torn knee ligament.
Reading manager Dusty Wathan confirmed Alonso's status on Wednesday after Reading lost to New Hampshire, 5-2, at First Energy Stadium.
"He's out for the year," Wathan said.
Alonso suffered the injury when trying to make the turn on a double play in a game against Harrisburg on April 24, but a hard slide/block from Stephen Perez took him out. Perez was called for interference on the play and Alonso left the game.
Wathan talked with Eastern league officials about the incident but has not heard about possible disciplinary action for Perez.
Alonso, 27, the brother of Eagles' linebacker Kiko Alonso, was batting .262 with a .392 on-base percentage in 12 games this season.
Hester on the move?
Meanwhile, 29-year old catcher John Hester could be on the move before he gets too comfortable in the Reading clubhouse.
After making his season debut on Wednesday after being activated from the disabled list, Wathan was asked if Hester could fit into the catching rotation at Double A.
"Not with us," Wathan said. "He won't be with us very long."
Hester took the spot of catching prospect Gabriel Lino, who is expected to come off the disabled list on Tuesday. When asked if Hester would be moved before Lino returns, Wathan said, "Maybe before."
A nine-year pro, Hester spent last season in the Angels system bouncing back between the big leagues and Triple A.