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Chase Headley expects to be ready for Opening Day

Feb 25, 2014, 10:15 PM EDT

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Chase Headley was diagnosed Tuesday with a Grade 1 calf strain and will be held out of spring training activities for the next 2-3 weeks. But he doesn’t expect to miss a regular-season game.

“If I can get 15 to 20 (at-bats) from both sides, that’s pretty close to what I need,” Headley told Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune on Tuesday evening in Padres camp. “If it progresses the way that I hope — and I think that it will — then I should be fine. We should have plenty of time.”

Headley got a late start to the 2013 season due to a fractured thumb and wound up posting a disappointing .747 OPS with 13 homers and 50 RBI in 141 games. He had an .875 OPS, 31 homers, and 151 RBI in 2012.

Headley is currently scheduled to become a free agent five days after the 2014 World Series.

This is going to be an important summer for him.

  1. happytwinsfan - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    “grade one calf strain”? wtf is that? is it like when i wake up in the middle of the night with some weird muscle contraction in my calf that hurts like hell and the only way to get rid of it is to get up and put weight on it and hope i don’t break my neck doing it because i’m only half awake? then take a piss if needed and go back to bed cussing under your breath and doing your best to ignore your royally pissed off wife? sounds serious!

    • gloccamorra - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      It’s like first degree burns, the lower number is the least damaging. It’s his right calf and he had off season surgery on the left knee, so he may have been unconsciously overcompensating during the drill.

      If you get a calf contraction like that, wiggle your toes as soon as you feel it tightening up and it’ll go away if you keep your leg still a few minutes afterward. I had one so severe it tore a part of the muscle – I could even feel it tear. The doctor told me to wiggle the toes to prevent it from happening again. Also, drink more water and/or electrolytes (Gatorade). That’s usually the cause.

  2. darklockett - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    115 RBI in 2012, not 151 RBI.

  3. hammyofdoom - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    You know, I really do hope that Headley continues doing what he did the year before last because I don’t want to see the Padres get a disappointing season from ANYONE…But was anyone else a little surprised at how quick reporters and analysts took his one year at age 28 as a “breakout” year instead of “fluke” year? I really do hope he continues trending upward, but last hear his OPS was almost the exact same as it was in 09-12, and he went from 11 homers max to 31 in 2013.

    Sort of reminded me of Ellsbury’s freak year in 2012 and NO one expected that from him going forward. I don’t see enough of Headley to really say one way or the other, but I mean… Kevin Youkilis’ breakout year was the end of 07 through 08 and no one expected him to be what he was for the next 3-4 years, but it seemed like everyone was jumping on the headley bandwagon. Would it surprise anyone if he posted an OPS under .820 this year?

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