The good news, though, is that the injury likely happened early enough for Headley to still be ready for Opening Day. From Jeff Sanders of the UT San Diego Tribune:
If I can get 15 to 20 (at-bats) from both sides, that’s pretty close to what I need…If it progresses the way that I hope – and I think that it will – then I should be fine. We should have plenty of time. The last thing we want to do, though, is have it become a lingering thing.
So even when we think it’s ready, we might give it a day or two.”
Headley is headed for a crucial season, as he will be a free agent at year’s end and he and the Padres are not actively engaged in contract extension talks. After a dynamic 2012 season, Headley’s fall from grace last season puts some pressure on him to be ready to put up big numbers to start the season. As for the Padres, some see them as a dark horse playoff team; if that’s going to happen, they need Headley healthy from the start.
For unique reasons, both Headley and the Padres need this injury to pass without incident.