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Headley Strains Calf, Could Miss Two Weeks 

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The Padres made some strong moves this offseason to bolster pitching depth and potential bats off the bench. But in the realm of health?

It seems to be the same old song and dance.

Third baseman Chase Headley was reported to be walking around in crutches at the Padres clubhouse in Peoria, Arizona this morning after suffering a strained calf during running drills. The news came out via Jeff Sanders on Twitter.

When asked about the incident, Headley was quoted as saying “doing run downs today, I just strained my calf a bit. I’d rather have it happen now than in three weeks… It’s sore right now… It’s nothing crazy.” Headley will have an MRI examination on his calf Monday morning to make sure it’s nothing more serious than just a calf strain.

Fortunately, this report comes only after a week of training has passed thus far. With opening day a little over 5 weeks away, the star third baseman still has a good amount of time to heal and return.

Headley has not been a stranger to injury, however. At the closing of the 2013 season, Headley had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee – the same knee he claimed to have injured at the opening of Spring Training that same season.

Headley was also sidelined again last year during Spring Training as well when he injured his thumb in a contest against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in March. Headley was activated a little under one month later and he was forced to miss the first 14 games of the season.

Despite ending last season with more injured position players than healthy ones, the team has returned to Spring Training much healthier and with high spirits. Optimism has certainly been the theme in the Padres camp so far, so with any luck this will just be a small speed bump in the Padres grand plan for 2014.

Hopefully, Monday’s MRI will return nothing of concern. More information will be posted as this story develops.

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About the author: Ian Edward Russell Smith

Ian is a former writer for the San Diego Padres, having worked as the Padres' "In-Season Blogger" during the 2015 season. Ian wrote as a member of the Friarhood's writing staff between parts of 2013-2015, writing over 100 articles over that span. In addition to being a writer, Ian is also a recent graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, having earned a Juris Doctor, as well as his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Law & Society from the University of California, Riverside. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter (@SDRedBull8) to see what other ramblings he's posted about the Padres, San Diego, and baseball in general!