9/7/2013 3:56 A.M. ET
Outfielder Denorfia honored for heart, hustle
By AJ Cassavell / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia took home the Heart and Hustle Award on Friday, given by the MLB Players Alumni Association to one player from each team who "demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit, and tradition of the game."
Denorfia received the award before Friday's game against the Rockies, and it was presented to him by former Padres great Randy Jones.
"I just try and give everything I've got, every day," Denorfia said. "That's my mindset. I try to play the way we all played when we were kids."
Major League Baseball's overall winner of the award will be announced on Nov. 19 at the Legends for Youth Dinner in New York. Past winners include Mike Trout, Torii Hunter, Roy Halladay and Albert Pujols.
"When you say heart and hustle, there are a couple guys that come to mind, but Deno is right there with them," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Every day that he comes to the ballpark, he comes in fresh. ... People around the league -- other managers, coaches, players -- have a great deal of respect for Deno."
Denorfia showed heart and hustle in Friday's 4-3 win over the Rockies, as he scored from first on a groundout and throwing error, diving into third base and home plate with a beautiful slide to tie the game in the sixth inning. He also tripled in the first inning -- his first of the season.
He is hitting .273 with nine homers and 43 RBIs.
No timetable for Alonso's return from injury
SAN DIEGO -- Padres manager Bud Black said there is no set cut-off date for first baseman Yonder Alonso to make a return this season as he recovers from an injured right hand.
Should Alonso get healthy for the season's final few games, he'll likely play then. Should Alonso only be healthy enough to play as a late-inning defensive replacement, Black plans to use him as one.
"He's motivated to play," Black said. "He wants to play sometime this year. Let's hope that the hand cooperates."
Alonso, who hasn't played since Aug. 30, has spent the last few pregame sessions taking ground balls, but he has yet to return to the batting cage. He was originally expected to miss a little more than a week, but now it appears he'll be sidelined longer than that.
In other injury news, left fielder Carlos Quentin was back in the Padres' clubhouse after undergoing successful surgery on his right knee Tuesday.
Black said Quentin, who was on crutches under doctors orders, was in very good spirits all day -- and understandably so.
"Nobody likes to have surgery," Black said. "But I think there's some clarity, and maybe Carlos' mind is at ease knowing that what was causing him the pain hopefully was taken care of."
• Catcher Nick Hundley hosted his fourth annual back-to-school shopping event for approximately 90 students from the Monarch School on Friday. The school services children who are homeless.
Hundley was joined by a handful of teammates and Padres personnel at Target in Mission Valley, where each student had the opportunity to pick out a bevy of back-to-school items.
During the shopping spree, students were paired up with players and Padres front office volunteers. Hundley spoke to the group beforehand.
The students, ranging from grades nine through 12, received a custom Hundley Padres T-shirt, a backpack filled with souvenirs from the Padres foundation, clothing, school supplies and snacks.