Alonso is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. The lefty-hitting Alonso will take a seat against Athletics southpaw Brett Anderson, resulting in Edwin Encarnacion picking up a start at first base. Alonso is slashing just .206/.257/.382 against opposing left-handers this season and could continue to be withheld from those matchups on a regular basis.
Alonso went 3-for-3 with a walk, a run and an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Royals. Alonso had his second multi-hit game in three days, bringing his slash line to .261/.331/.448 on the year. The 31-year-old has 12 homers, 14 doubles and 35 runs on the season, while his 47 RBI are good for eighth among MLB first basemen.
Alonso went 4-for-6 with two doubles, three RBI and a run in Cleveland's 15-3 victory over Oakland on Sunday. Alonso had been hitless in his last seven at-bats coming into this contest, but he broke out in a big way against the Athletics with this four-hit effort on an overall banner day for Cleveland's lineup. His inaugural campaign with the Indians has had its ups and downs so far, but Alonso's overall numbers on the season are solid, as he's sporting a .257/.325/.448 slash line with 12 homers, 14 doubles and 46 RBI through 261 at-bats.
Alonso is not in the lineup against St. Louis on Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Alonso will head back to the bench for the third time in the past five games. In his place, Edwin Encarnacion will make another start at first base, as the Indians are playing without the DH in a National League ballpark.
Alonso will be on the bench Monday against the Cardinals, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. With the game being played in a National League park, regular designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion will occupy Alonso's typical position at first base. Neither player has appeared anywhere in the field other than first base in the last two years, so Alonso could find himself on the bench for three straight games unless the team elects to give Encarnacion a rest.