With only a couple of days left until opening day, the San Diego Padres are faced with injuries from third baseman Chase Headley and pitcher Casey Kelly.
Headley will miss the first two weeks of the regular season after fracturing his left thumb during the game against the Angels on Sunday. The team’s manager Bud Black called the situation “unfortunate” for the 2012 recipient of the National League Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards.
“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,” Black said to MLB.com.
Casey Kelly, considered a top prospect in the organization, will be getting a second opinion on the discomfort in his right elbow before making a decision regarding reconstructive surgery. Kelly felt pain in his right elbow after pitching in his last appearance on March 7.
“I definitely felt something, and then the next day it didn’t recover as fast,” Kelly told MLB.com. “… We got some tests. It’s a tough thing to hear, I just want to be healthy.”
Kelly missed three months last season due a strain in the same elbow.