The San Diego Padres will be without Chase Headley for the next 4-6 weeks following confirmation of a fractured thumb. Headley suffered the injury sliding into second base while trying to break up a double play in a Spring Training game on Sunday. His availability for Opening Day was doubtful after it was revealed he would be undergoing further tests and X-rays on Monday.
The club confirmed that they will be without their best player for at least four weeks, but likely longer. Via San Diego Union-Tribune:
“Four weeks is optimistic,” Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said Monday afternoon. “We’ve heard anything from four to six weeks.”
The next order of business for the Padres is designating a third baseman for Opening Day. Logan Forsyth, who has been out with plantar fascitis, and Jed Gyorko are the leading candidates right now.
Headley hit .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs in 699 plate appearances last season.