You almost knew that San Diego Padres’ third baseman Chase Headley wouldn’t make it through a season fully healthy, as it looks like he won’t make it out of the month of April.
Headley exited Thursday’s game in the second inning with a right calf strain, the same injury he dealt with this spring.
He’s off to a horrible start to the 2014 season, posting a miserable .186/.250/.314 line so far.
Given his early struggles, it is quite possible that the Padres sent him to the DL for the time being and let him fully heal.
He’s also a guy that you should look to move as soon as he is back in the lineup.
Headley has seen all of his metrics plummet since his big season in 2012. His power is way down, he’s walking less, and striking out more. He has also been hurt by a .232 BABIP (.336 career).
Alexi Amarista replaced Headley on Thursday and could get the majority of the playing time if Headley does head to the DL.
He is worth a look in NL-only leagues as he could be a cheap source of steals.
In other injury news:
Justin Ruggiano, Chicago Cubs
Ruggiano hit his first homer on Wednesday but had to leave the game in the ninth inning after he felt his left hamstring pop.
He immediately was placed on the 15-day DL.
The Cubs decided not to add another outfielder, and will rely instead on Emilio Bonifacio to fill in.