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Chase Headley out at least four weeks with small fracture in left thumb

Mar 18, 2013, 6:41 PM EST

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UPDATE: Padres general manager Josh Byrnes told Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune that the four-week timetable is “optimistic” and that Headley could miss as much as six weeks. Yikes.

6:41 PM: Unfortunate news coming out of Padres’ camp.

According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Chase Headley was diagnosed with a small fracture in his left thumb and could miss a month. The 28-year-old jammed his thumb yesterday while trying to break up a double play at second base and was sent back to San Diego this morning to see a hand specialist.

The current timeline places Headley’s return around mid-to-late April. It’s unclear how the Padres will handle third base during his absence, but Jedd Gyorko, Logan Forsythe and James Darnell could all be in the mix.

Headley is coming off a breakthrough season in which he batted .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs, 115 RBI and an .875 OPS. He finished fifth in the NL MVP balloting and also won his first Gold Glove Award.

  1. thebadguyswon - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    If this was 1983 and not 2013, he’d play. Players today are wimps.

    • gloccamorra - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Yep. In ’87, Tony Gwynn damaged a tendon in his right index finger in ST but didn’t want to lose playing time, so he played all season and had the finger surgery in the off-season. He couldn’t move the finger, so he grabbed the bat with his right hand and wrapped the finger around the handle with his left hand every plate appearance, all 680 of ‘em. Gwynn hit .370 that year.

      • thebadguyswon - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:24 PM

        Its the money. The players are more soft, but the teams have so much invested that they aren’t willing to risk it.

  2. boyofzimmer - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    My fault… I drafted him this weekend as my starting 3B in fantasy.

  3. indaburg - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    But… but… but… how can this be? He didn’t play in the WBC.

    • icanspeel - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      Ironically he might not be injured if USA hadn’t lost since he’d probably be going over there getting ready to play instead of playing in the spring game he got hurt in.

  4. kpow55 - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    With or without aren’t they still going to rank right around 4th in their division? Not trolling, I’m realistically is there anything to get excited about for the 2013 season.

    • micker716 - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      What does realism have to do with being a fan? It’s March. Everybody is 0-0. Volquez and Richard could have career years. Cashner could develop into a true ace. Luebke could come back in May and pick up where he left off. Gyorko might prove he’s the real deal. Maybe Grandal comes back after 50 games (even though Hundley makes his absence barely noticeable) and proves it wasn’t the ‘roids. Alonso makes us all forget Rizzo and that other 1B about 2 hours North up the 5. I see Quentin playing 120 games (biggest stretch yet) and Headley repeating his 2012 performance. Hell yeah, I’m excited.

  5. ch0psuey - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Doggone it he was having a good spring too, freaking injuries…

  6. thebadguyswon - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Six weeks for a small break in his thumb. Unreal…you’d think he broke his ankle.

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