Chase Headley‘s contract season with the San Diego Padres just is not going as planned so far in 2014. The main problem for the veteran third baseman has been injuries, and that continued on Thursday night.
Per Corey Brock, Headley was forced to leave the team’s game against the Washington Nationals due to a strained calf:
Chase Headley left tonight’s game with a right calf sprain. That’s the same calf that sidelined him in Spring Training. #Padres
— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) April 24, 2014
Headley has also been dealing with a sore biceps, and that combination of injuries has kept him from really getting his season off the ground. Through 19 games Headley is batting .188/.253/.319. With the re-injury of his calf, Headley might be held out of the lineup for a while. If he is out or forced to the disabled list, it will hurt his chances of cashing in as a free agent at the same time that it hurts the Padres’ offense, which already ranks among the worst in all of baseball.
Both Headley and the team will hope that tonight’s injury is nothing more than a tweak and that it will not require an extended absence from the lineup.