Alonso, Volquez set to face former teammates

Alonso, Volquez set to face former teammates

Alonso, Volquez set to face former teammates
PHOENIX -- Don't expect too many nerves from Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso, a one-time Reds prospect, when he faces his former team this week.

When asked about the opportunity to play against the team that drafted him and traded him away, Alonso smiled.

"I'm just trying to get my hits, man," Alonso said.

Alonso has had plenty of opportunities in San Diego. He's hitting .257 with 18 doubles and 21 RBIs in 276 at-bats during his first 78 games. He's made 72 starts at first base.

"It's good for Yonder to get the Major League exposure often and regularly," manager Bud Black said. "He's a rookie. This guy has just over 300 Major League at-bats, not very many, so every at-bat is good for him. We are giving him an opportunity to see what he can do."

Alonso was traded to the Padres along with Edinson Volquez, Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger for Mat Latos, Thursday's starter for the Reds.

"I'm excited. Yes, I am," Volquez said. "I spent four years there and I have a lot of friends there. I look forward to pitching against them. It's going to be fun."