The Padres were dealt a potential blow on Thursday when third baseman Chase Headley left the team's game against the Nationals in the second inning with a strained right calf, according to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Headley re-aggravated the same injury that kept him out of spring training action for a month, added Lin. In hindsight, the 29-year-old switch hitter could have used those extra reps; he entered Thursday hitting .188/.253/.319 through 75 plate appearances spanning 19 games.
To make matters worse, outfielder Seth Smith also had to exit the game with a groin injury, though that resulted in a rare but always fun-to-watch situation. The Padres were temporarily left without a backup option because Tommy Medica apparently wasn't ready to go, so manager Bud Black had to insert the team's best pitcher, Andrew Cashner, in left field for a batter in the 11th inning. Fortunately for the Padres (but unfortunately for neutral fans just looking for a good time), Cashner didn't have to make a play on a ball, and he was subbed out for a then-ready Medica after the first out of the frame.
San Diego went on to win the game, 4-3, in 12 innings.
Carp pitches for Boston in blowout loss
Speaking of fun-to-watch situations, Red Sox infielder Mike Carp made his pitching debut in the ninth inning of his team's 14-5 loss to the Yankees. Carp didn't throw a lot of strikes, and despite the umpire's call on the pitch, this wasn't one either:
Carp walked five batters in the inning but did not allow a hit and escaped having surrendered only one run. Must've been that knuckleball ...
Cespedes hurts hamstring
Cespedes suffered the injury on a successful attempt to reach first base on an infield hit in the seventh inning. The A's led the Astros, 10-1, at the time. They won by the same score.
The 28-year-old slugger owned a .241/.322/.481 line in 90 plate appearances entering Thursday before going 1-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts.
Indians 5, Royals 1
Reds 2, Pirates 1
Tigers 7, White Sox 4
Twins 9, Rays 7
Mets 4, Cardinals 1
Diamondbacks 5, Cubs 2
Padres 4, Nationals 3 (12)
Orioles 11, Blue Jays 4
Yankees 14, Red Sox 5
Athletics 12, Astros 1
Phillies 7, Dodgers 3