by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/21/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley snapped a streak of 67 consecutive games without an error dating back to Aug. 21, when he misplayed a grounder in the second inning Monday against the Cardinals. He had 156 chances in between errors.
According to sources close to the team, a trade is "unlikely" this season, as the team continues to hope it can re-sign Headley to a long-term contract. While Headley's agent did not return a message to Heyman, Padres general manager Josh Byrnes was willing to speak about his desire to keep Headley.
"Our first choice is to sign him," Byrnes told Heyman by phone.
Headley is still two offseasons away from becoming a free agent, but the Padres have already turned down plenty of offers for the Silver Slugger award winner.
"A couple teams tried pretty hard. But obviously we had a pretty high standard," Byrnes said. "And obviously, we think even higher of him now."
Chase Headley heating up for Padres
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/6/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley entered Monday's series opener against the Marlins with a 10-game hitting streak. He has gone 14 for 38 (.368) over that span with two homers and six RBI. His average has gone from .160 to .286 during that stretch.
After missing the first half of April recovering from a thumb injury, the 28-year-old told MLB.com that he's finally feeling comfortable at the plate.
"You have your select few natural guys who wake up out of bed and can come put the barrel on the baseball each and every day without thinking about it," Headley said. "Unfortunately, I'm not one of those guys. It takes me some time, it takes me some repetition to get me where I want to be. But hopefully once I get there, I can sustain it."
Chase Headley won't negotiate new deal in season
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/2/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley expressed his interest in staying in San Diego long-term, but does not want to negotiate a new deal in season.
"We made it abundantly clear [before] that we didn't want to talk about it during the season," said Headley. He added, "I didn't think that for me and for the team that it was good to get caught up with all of this during the season."
The Padres are rumored to submit an offer that would make Headley their highest paid player in club history. They reportedly wanted to get something done around midseason, but that doesn't seem likely unless Headley alters his position.
Headley, who led the National League with 115 RBI last season, is batting .261 with two homers and five RBI through 12 games.
"Will it be 10 years? No," Fowler said. "We're not going to do something like that. But we will do an offer that will be the largest offer we've ever made to a player in San Diego history and think it will be very close to some of the numbers I read in the press."
Chase Headley reaches base four times
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) Padres third basemen Chase Headley notched his first multi-hit game Sunday against the Giants. Headley had three hits in the 6-4 win, including his second home run, which he roped off starter Ryan Vogelsong in the first inning.
He also doubled twice and drew a walk, finishing 3 for 3 with a run scored.
"It's been frustrating -- the last few days I was having good swings and good at-bats and not getting the results," he said. "But you keep grinding away at it and today I got the results."
Headley has eight hits in his last 11 at-bats (.455) and has raised his average from .160 to .250 over that span.
Chase Headley gets first homer in second game back
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley showed his power with his first home in Friday's series opener against the Giants.
Headley admitted he needed Thursday's day off to recuperate from playing nine innings for the first time since returning from a fractured tip of his left thumb. The 28-year-old's solo homer off starter Madison Bumgarner came in the sixth inning. He also drove in another run on a sacrifice fly.
Headley was 1 for 3 with a run scored and two RBI in a 3-2 loss. He is hitting .286 with a home run and three RBI through his first two games.
Padres glad to have Chase Headley back in lineup
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Padres manager Bud Black can't wait to see the impact third baseman Chase Headley will have on the lineup. Headley played in his first game Wednesday against the Dodgers after opening the year on the disabled list with a thumb injury.
"If [Headley is] doing his thing, he's getting on base -- either with the hit or walk," Black said to MLB.com. "Last year, he was doing it with a lot of slugging, doubles and home runs. When you're on base a lot, it helps the other guys."
The Padres could use a boost since they are slugging .382, which puts them in the bottom 12 of the league.
"[Headley is] going to have an impact," Black said. "When (Carlos) Quentin comes back next week, and a month from now if (Yasmani) Grandal comes back being Grandal, that's the middle of the order. That's what we're hoping for in time. It starts one guy at a time. Chase can only do what Chase can do."
Chase Headley returns with RBI
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) After missing close to a month due to a broken thumb, Padres third baseman Chase Headley made his season debut in Wednesday's series finale against the Dodgers. He went 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Headley also walked once in a 7-2 win
Headley singled home Will Venable in the eighth inning for his first hit and RBI of 2013.
Chase Headley activated, jumps in lineup for Padres
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) The Padres activated third baseman Chase Headley from the 15-day disabled list. He will make his season debut Wednesday night against the Dodgers.
Headley, who had been sidelined with a thumb injury, went 3 for 12 (.250) in four rehab games for Class A Lake Elsinore.
Chase Headley 'close' to returning
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) Padres manager Bud Black is expecting third baseman Chase Headley (thumb) to come off the disabled list any day now, according to MLB.com. Headley is batting .222 (2 for 9) with one double and two strikeouts in three rehab games for Class A Lake Elsinore.
"He's close," Black said Monday. "We don't know when. He's got to feel comfortable where he is."
Chase Headley hitless in second rehab game
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/15/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley went 0 for 3, with two strikeouts, in his second rehab start.
Headley played third base for the Lake Elsinore Storm, and was tested defensively. He even was able to make a diving stop and throw out a runner. Headley admitted that he didn't anticipate going all-out so early into his rehab, but was glad his body responded well.
At the plate, Headley said his swing was in good shape, but his timing was off. He expects to play between one and three more games with the club. He's expected to return shortly after his rehab assignment.
Everything positive for Chase Headley in first action
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley took a brief hiatus from his minor-league rehab assignment Saturday to attend a ceremony at Petco Park honoring him for his Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards last season.
Headley also provided MLB.com with a quick review of his rehab debut Friday, which saw him go 1 for 3 with a double as the designated hitter. Headley said he passed an internal test in the game, as he escaped the game without aggravating his fractured left thumb despite getting jammed on an inside pitch that broke his bat.
"Friday's appearance couldn't have gone better, considering the circumstances," Headley said. "The remaining issues come on defense, with hard-hit line drives and back-handing grounders where I have to squeeze the glove really hard. I've made some progress in that regard, but I have a little bit left to work through."
Headley will take the final step Sunday and Monday by playing in the field, and it is possible that he could return as early as Tuesday. Manager Bud Black was non-committal about Headley's return date, characterizing him as "truly day to day.
"As a group, we're making sure that he's progressing and feeling where he needs to be as he's approaching his return," Black added. "As far as an expected date of return, we can't give you one. We do know that he felt good yesterday and he's going to have a good workout. We'll discuss Monday what to do moving forward."
Chase Headley begins Class A rehab assignment
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley, on the 15-day disabled list with a broken thumb, began his Class A rehab assignment Friday.
Headley went 1 for 3 with a double as a designated hitter with Class A Lake Elsinore. He is expected to rejoin the Padres by the end of April, barring any setbacks.
Chase Headley heads to rehab outing
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/12/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley (thumb) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Class A Lake Elsinore Friday, 1090-AM in San Diego reports. Headley will serve as the designated hitter as he works to join the Padres' lineup by the end of April after suffering a broken thumb during spring training.
Chase Headley takes BP from both sides
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley, on the 15-day disabled list, was able to take batting practice from both sides of the plate on Wednesday as he continues to recover from a thumb injury.
Headley added that he is feeling no pain in his left thumb.
Time to move in on Chase Headley
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/9/2013) Tuesday on Fantasy Baseball Today, a caller asked Nando Di Fino and I if he should trade Mark Teixeira for the Padres' Chase Headley. There were some other pieces involved, but that was the crux of the deal.
To me, it's a no-brainer, but the fact he had to ask has me thinking Headley might be available at a discount. After all, he's a couple weeks from contributing, and with only a week in the books, a couple weeks seems like an eternity.
It's not, of course. I'd much rather have a well-rounded MVP candidate like Headley for 23 weeks than an all-or-nothing type like Mark Trumbo for 25, but if you can find someone who disagrees, by all means, make the move.
If you hope to get Headley at a discount, though, your opporutnity is now or never. Once he begins a rehab assignment, his return will no longer be theoretical, and his value will likely return to normal.
Chase Headley progressing as expected
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley had a checkup Monday and his injured thumb is healing as expected, according to MLB.com. He's already hitting in the batting cage and will start fielding grounders Tuesday.
Headley is aiming to return to the Padres' lineup by late April.
Headley will go in for an X-ray on the thumb Monday, and if the results show healing, Headley could begin hitting off a tee. "I think there's a pretty good chance I can be playing in Major-League games by the end of the month," Headley said.
Headley has been replaced by Cody Ransom and Jedd Gyorko at third base in his absence.
Chase Headley takes grounders
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley fielded ground balls Monday. Headley has been dealing with a thumb injury that will keep him out of action for the first few weeks of the season.
Headley has been able to perform some light workouts, and will be evaluated again April 8. If he passes that test, Headley may be able to increase his rehab schedule. Though he's made progress, his timetable has not changed.
Chase Headley officially placed on 15-Day DL
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) The Padres have officially placed Chase Headley on the 15-day DL, the club announced.
The move was a formality, as we've known for a couple of weeks that Headley would miss the beginning of the season due to a broken thumb. Headley is expected to be out until at least mid-April, with late April or early May a more realistic prognosis.
The Padres will use Jedd Gyorko and Cody Ransom to cover third base in Headley's absence.
X-ray reveals positive news for Chase Headley
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley received some positive news regarding his recent thumb injury.
An X-ray on his thumb showed no movement in his bone. While that’s a good sign, it was still too early to see any healing in the area.
Headley’s timetable remains unchanged. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Chase Headley seeing swelling in thumb subside
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/24/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley told MLB.com Sunday that the swelling in his injured left thumb has subsided. He will likely undergo an X-ray Monday to see how the fracture in his thumb is healing.
"Generally speaking, the first week, you're not going to see anything, even if it's started to heal. You probably won't for two or three weeks," he said.
Headley added he expects to increase his acitivites this week after not being able to do much since suffering the injury.
"They didn't want me to get my heart rate up because of the swelling, but I played catch yesterday -- well, I didn't play catch, I threw. Someone else caught," Headley said. "But tomorrow, we will start to ramp up the activity level."
No ligament damage for Chase Headley
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/19/2013) A day after being diagnosed with a fracture to the tip of his left thumb, Padres third baseman Chase Headley focused on the silver lining of his injury: there was no ligament damage. Still, Headley is poised to start the season on the disabled list and is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks.
"As far as injuries go, this is as good as it could be regarding a fracture," Headley told U-T San Diego on Tuesday. "The fracture is all the way through but in place and above the ligaments and tendons at the tip of the thumb. ... It’s sore, it doesn’t feel great."
Chase Headley's new value
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (3/19/2013) With Padres third baseman Chase Headley expected to miss two-to-four weeks of the regular season with a fracture in his left thumb, he will need a downgrade in the rankings. Based on his new projection, which can be found here, Headley dropped just one spot in my third base rankings, moving from fifth to sixth in both Rotisserie and Head-to-Head formats. In the overall rankings, I dropped him from 38th to 54th in Rotisserie and from 33rd to 43rd in Head-to-Head.
That puts him very close to Aramis Ramirez in both formats, and if you worry that Headley will miss a full month or more, Ramirez would be the safer pick. However, I still favor Headley's upside over Ramirez's steadiness, giving him the nod in my third base rankings.
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/18/2013) Padres general manager Josh Byrnes told the U-T San Diego that Chase Headley could miss more than the month timetable that was originally reported. X-rays revealed a fracture at the tip of Headley's thumb, which was placed in a splint on Monday.
“Four weeks is optimistic,” Byrnes said. “We've heard anything from four to six weeks.”
Logan Forsythe, Jedd Gyorko or Alexi Amarista could see playing time at third base in Headley's absence.
Chase Headley could miss a month
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/18/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley has a small fracture in his left thumb and could miss up to a month, MLB.com reports. Headley suffered the injury sliding into second base on Sunday and underwent X-rays. The fracture is at the tip of his thumb and doesn'tappear to require surgery.
Logan Forsythe, Jedd Gyorko or Alexi Amarista could see playing time at third base in his absence.
Concern building around Chase Headley
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/18/2013) A trademark hustle play by Padres third baseman Chase Headley may have cost him his health for opening day. According to MLB.com, Headley could miss the start of the regular season after he sustained a left thumb injury while attempting to break up a double play during Sunday's exhibition contest against the Angels.
He was originally diagnosed with a jammed thumb before the team grew more concerned after the game. "We're going to have some studies done -- X-rays and maybe some other scans," manager Bud Black said. "He went to slide into second base and got stuck and twisted around and his thumb ended up hitting the bag ... his thumb was in a bad spot."
The switch-hitting Headley experienced a breakout at the plate last season, slugging a career-high 31 home runs and leading the National League with 115 RBI. He is hitting .448 in Cactus League action while playing every other day.
Chase Headley day-to-day with jammed thumb
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/17/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley left Sunday's Cactus League contest against the Angels in the second inning due to a jammed left thumb. He singled in his first at-bat and appeared to suffer the injury while sliding into second base. Headley played defense in the bottom half of the frame but was replaced by Jeudy Valdez in the second. Headley, who is batting .448 (13 for 29) with three RBI through 12 spring games, has been ruled out for Monday and will undergo X-rays on his thumb, according to MLB.com.
"I'm always concerned about our players, even when they're healthy," manager Bud Black said. "But this is a very important player for us and we're hoping for the best."
Chase Headley still underrated?
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (3/14/2013) Padres third baseman Chase Headley is currently outside the top five in average draft position for both Rotisserie and Head-to-Head, yet I have him ranked fifth in both formats. Heading into today's games, he still didn't have a homer yet this spring, but I'll trust last season's 31 home runs along with the healthy homer rates he posted in the uppper minors. I'd take Headley over Hanley Ramirez (shortstop eligibility notwithstanding) in any format and over Ryan Zimmerman in Rotisserie, even though on average, owners are going the other way.
Padres, Headley avoid arbitration
(1/30/2013) The Padres and third baseman Chase Headley avoided arbitration on Wednesday by agreeing to a one-year, $8.575 million contract. Headley had a career campaign a year ago by hitting .286 with 31 home runs, 115 RBI and 17 stolen bases.
Headley hoping for encore show
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (1/26/2013) After an MVP-type performance last season, Padres third baseman Chase Headley is hoping that showing repeats itself -- the rest of his career. Headley experienced a tremendous power surge and drilled a career-high 31 homers while leading the National League with 115 RBI. He had totaled just 36 homers in his first five MLB seasons combined. "I expect a lot out of myself. And I do think that the norm of my career will be much closer to last season than the years before that," Headley told MLB.com earlier this month. "I feel like I'm closer to being that type of player ... having that success I had last year, gives me a lot of confidence going forward."