Chase Headley Injury: Updates on Padres Star's Calf Strain and Return

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2014

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Updates from Saturday, May 10

The Padres provide an update on Chase Headley's injury:

Updates from Tuesday, May 6

Jeff Sanders of UT San Diego has the latest on Chase Headley's rehab assignment as he tries to return from a calf strain:

Serving as the DH in his first rehab game with high Single-A Lake Elsinore, 3B Chase Headley (calf) doubled, walked, drove in two runs and scored a run in four plate appearances with the Storm (20-12). He also struck out. 

Corey Brock of reports on when Headley will likely rejoin the big league team:

Updates from Sunday, April 27

Dennis Lin of UT San Diego has the latest on Chase Headley:

Corey Brock of had more on Headley: 

Updates from Friday, April 25

Dennis Lin of UT San Diego has the latest news on Headley:

Thursday, Headley attempted to take the optimistic of his situation. He described his latest calf strain as paling in comparison to the first.

"The one in spring, I thought someone punched me," he said. "This one, you step down and you feel like it overstretched. A lot of people describe it as a real small knife going in. It wasn't the force it was in spring training. My guess is that it's not nearly as severe as that one was."

However, Corey Brock of reports that Headley has been placed on the DL:

Matt Fisher of reports Headley will miss 2-3 weeks. 

Original Text

San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley exited the team's game against the Washington Nationals on Thursday night in the top of the second inning and did not return for the bottom half after suffering a right calf strain.

The team announced the news and injury via Twitter:'s Corey Brock added more after the game:

Headley suffered the injury coming out of the batter's box during his first at-bat. As Corey Brock of notes, Headley ran awkwardly after making contact, which resulted in a fly-out to center field.

Alexi Amarista replaced Headley at third base in the bottom half of the second. Although the severity of the injury at this time is unknown, this is just the latest in a litany of setbacks for Headley. He missed a couple weeks during spring training while dealing with an injury to the same leg. This is the first known setback during the regular season with the calf, but it's compounding issues on an already arduous season. 

The 29-year-old former Gold Glove winner underwent surgery on a torn meniscus in September, and pain has periodically lingered throughout the early part of the season. He sat out the first game of a doubleheader on April 9 after tweaking the knee the previous weekend.   

“It’s something that we’re fairly confident has nothing to do with the stuff from last year," Headley told Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune this month. "It’s the same knee, but it’s not related. It’s not something we think is serious."

Whether serious or not, Headley's performance this season seems to indicate something is amiss. He is batting just .186/.250/.314 on the season with two home runs and seven RBI. His issues at the plate have been indicative of a team-wide failure to score runs, as the Padres rank last in baseball in runs scored entering Thursday's action. 

Headley also missed most of three games last week with a right biceps strain. That has not looked like an issue for him since his return, with Headley hitting at his most consistent rate all season over the last five games.

Given San Diego's dearth of positional talent, any long-term absence for Headley would be a critical blow. While 2013 was a struggle, there was some internal hope that he would return to his 2012 form, when Headley hit 31 home runs and drove in 115 runs.

With Headley unable to stay healthy, those hopes might quickly become a pipe dream.


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