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Will Chase Headley Revive the San Diego Padres 2013 Chances?

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For the San Diego Padres, the offensive expectations this season all came with questions at the end of them. Can the improving young stars keep improving? What kind of a season would Chase Headley have after his career year in 2012? Would a great Headley campaign be enough to keep the team hitting well enough to win games?

A great deal of the offensive weight rests on the shoulders of third baseman Headley. When he broke his left thumb on a fluke play sliding into second, many questions were either postponed or seemingly answered. Recent news suggests that Headley’s thumb is healing quite well and he might be on a path to a quicker return. It is even possible for him to begin rehab assignments within a few days instead of several weeks.

Whether it is in a week or three weeks, Headley is coming back to the line-up. The big question that trumps all of the others now is what effect Headley will have when he returns? One thing is for sure: The Padres need some offense from somewhere. They aren’t pitching great so much pressure falls on the hitting which also isn’t going well. That’s how you get to a 2-6 record though.

No matter when he comes back, Headley is sure to kick start this offense at least a little bit. There is bound to be some impact of his simply being in the line-up even if he has a slow start upon his return. For the Padres at this point a slumping Headley would be better than no Headley at all. The quicker he returns healthy, the better.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.