So far, not so good.
Friday, in his second big-league start at in left, Alonso misplayed a slicing line drive off the bat of the Cubs' Tony Campana into a two-run, inside-the-park home run.
The play turned out to be huge in Chicago's 4-3 victory.
"I was trying to protect from the bounce off the wall," Alonso said. "I took some balls out there during (batting practice) to get a feel. But the ball ricocheted by me."
Alonso, the Reds' first-round pick in 2008, is a converted first baseman. He has played 62 games in left this year for Triple-A Louisville, but he needs to improve to play there on a regular basis in the big leagues.
"That's a fair assessment," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We'll see how much better he can get."
"I'm got to learn from it and move on," Alonso said.
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