San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley exited last
night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after experiencing stiffness in
his back. Manager Bud Black told reporters – including Corey Brock of MLB.com –
after the game that Headley was removed as a precautionary measure.
"He felt it coming on, and we got him out of there as a
precaution," Padres manager Bud Black said.
Headley told reporters that he began to experience the
discomfort after his second at-bat, when his back began to “spasm up” on him.
The pain Headley was feeling came from his lower right side.
While Headley doesn’t believe he’s suffered something as
serious as a strained muscle in his back, he also said he “can’t imagine a
scenario” where he’ll be in the Padres’ starting lineup today. Black confirmed
this, telling reporters Headley is unlikely to play today ahead of the team’s
off-day on Thursday.
If the injury proves to be as insignificant as Headley believes,
he could rejoin the Padres’ lineup in time for Friday’s weekend opener against
the Los Angeles Dodgers. Until then, the team is likely to consider him day to
day. He was replaced by pinch-hitter Alexi Amarista.
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