San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley finally made his 2013 Major League Baseball debut Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. How did the slugger perform after missing the first 14 games of the regular season?
The 28-year-old was placed on the 15-day disabled list to begin the year after he fractured the tip of his left thumb on March 17. It was an unfortunate injury to suffer, but the good news is it is now in the past.
Headley led the National League in 2012 with 115 RBI so it was only fitting that he would record at least one in his first game back. It did not come until the eighth inning, but Headley finally got his first RBI of 2013 off of his first hit. To get both out of the way in the same plate appearance is certainly comforting for the six-year veteran.
The NL Silver Slugger Award and Gold Glove Award winner from last season finished the game going 1-for-4 at the plate with one RBI, one walk and one run while leaving two men left on base. Even though he grounded out, struck out and flew out before finally recording the single, Headley was at no point discouraged on offense.
“You got to trust the work you put in. You want great results right from the start, but you have to realize this game is meant to be played over a long period of time,” Headley told Padres.com. “Even if the results aren’t there, I’m not going to panic.”
The Padres are certainly excited to have him back in the lineup, as third base has not been the same without him.