San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley has only played in two games so far this year after beginning the 2013 Major League Baseball season on the disabled list. However, he is already off to a strong start, which is certainly exciting for the fans in San Diego.
Headley went 1-for-3 at the plate with his first RBI in his debut on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Padres had a day off on Thursday after sweeping the Dodgers in the series. After Headley’s performance, the rest came exactly at the right time so that it was not too much too fast. In fact, there was most likely no one more thrilled about the day off then Headley himself.
“It was good timing. I was tired,” Headley told Padres.com on Friday. “That’s the first time I’ve played nine innings all year. I’m definitely not disappointed we had yesterday off after a [nearly] four-hour game.”
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. There is no question it was an unfortunate injury, but Headley is ready to move on. He has plenty of work ahead of him if he wants to repeat as the RBI leader in the National League, a task that is nearly impossible after missing the first 14 games of the season.
After Friday’s day off, Headley got right back to work at the plate with his first home run of the season. Even though San Diego lost the game to the San Francisco Giants after Angel Pagan’s walk-off win, it is still comforting to know that Headley is focused in on offense.
Headley is batting .333 (2-for-7) with one home run and two RBI in two games.