Phillies lose infield prospect Carlos Alonso for season


Phillies lose infield prospect Carlos Alonso for season

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.

At the Yard podcast: How MLB Winter Meetings could play out for Phillies


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From MLB's Winter Meetings in San Diego, Jim Salisbury joins Corey Seidman on the At the Yard podcast to preview the Phillies' potentially big week ahead.

• What can Phillies accomplish this week at the Winter Meetings?

• What is their priority after signing Zack Wheeler?

• How serious is the Phils' pursuit of Anthony Rendon or Josh Donaldson?

• Didi still looks like the guy.

• Phils not finished adding starting pitching.

• What now for Pivetta and Velasquez?

• Luxury tax talk

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SAN DIEGO — Nothing official from the Phillies yet, but the team has apparently hired a new head athletic trainer.

According to multiple baseball sources, the Phils have hired Paul Buchheit for the position. Buchheit was most recently an assistant athletic trainer on the staff of the Boston Red Sox.

Buchheit replaces Scott Sheridan, who became the Phillies’ head athletic trainer in October 2006. Sheridan’s contract was not renewed after last season. General manager Matt Klentak declined to talk about specific reasons for the change last month.

Sheridan served on the National League’s athletic training staff for the All-Star Game in July. He was instrumental in helping Chase Utley continue his career after the second baseman developed serious knee issues earlier this decade (see story).

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