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Chase Headley to Miss Next 30 Days 

Chase Headley

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Padres fans will get an early taste of the Padres lineup minus Chase Headley.  Scott Bair of the AP reported earlier today via twitter:

Chase Headley has fractured the tip of his thumb. He’s going to miss a month. Won’t require surgery

This is a huge setback for the Padres, who already lack offensive punch.  Headley coming off his best season in the majors finished 5th in the National League MVP vote.  The good news?  The Padres have plenty of young bucks that can handle the hot corner until Headley is healthy.  The bad news?  Most of them are injured as well.  Currently, the Padres have four candidates to cover the hot corner

    • Jesus Guzman – Terrible in the field, but solid with a bat.
    • James Darnell – Currently day to day with an oblique injury
    • Logan Forsythe – Expected back any day from a plantar fasciitis injury
    • Jedd Gyorko – Has been playing second base exclusively this spring and not on the 40-man roster.  Although some are pushing hard for Gyorko to break camp with the team.  Long term it would mean the Padres losing a year of team control and Gyorko would likely qualify as a super 2.  Not a smart call from the money conscious Friars.

As I’ve stated in the video above, the worst thing the Padres could do was sit on Chase Headley, whose trade value could only go backwards.  Trade him or extend him, but don’t go into the season and just sit on him.  Ironically, now Headley will be out the first two weeks of the season.

 

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About the author: Steve Adler

Steve is the founder of Friarhood.com. A native San Diegan, he grew up watching Dan Fouts and Tony Gwynn. A former sports talk show host, but always a fan of the Padres and Chargers.