Notes: Headley has eventful day

Notes: Headley has eventful day

PEORIA, Ariz. -- No one ever said this learning the outfield stuff was going to be easy or mundane.

Chase Headley, the converted third baseman, had an adventurous day Wednesday against the A's at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

Headley was tested several times in left field, including twice in the first inning when he missed a fly ball off the bat of Jack Cust with a diving attempt after getting a late jump. Later in the same inning, Headley made a nice running catch of Jack Hannahan's fly ball in the gap in left-center field.

Then in the third inning, Headley narrowly missed making a running catch on a ball hit again by Hannahan, which resulted in a double. Headley made up for it later in the inning by making a diving grab in the left-field corner on Travis Buck's fly ball.

"With the exception of the very first ball, I felt like I did a good job," Headley said. "I think it was a very productive day. It kept me on edge all day. Up to this point, I haven't had, to my estimation, very many difficult balls. Today, I saw some of those balls.

"Was it perfect? No. But I thought it was pretty good considering the circumstances."

Special delivery: Chris and Liz Young probably figured one upside to having their first baby induced was that they would nearly be able to pinpoint the arrival of their daughter, Catherine Elizabeth.

Or so they thought.

The original plan was for Liz's labor induced at the Scottsdale Healthcare hospital sometime Tuesday, so that their daughter's birth occurred somewhere between Young's starts on Monday and Friday. Her original due date was March 7.

"We went to dinner Monday and then we went to bed early because the phone could have rang at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday," Young said. "Then we got a call from the hospital saying they had a room available and staff to help because it was a slow night."

The Youngs then left for Scottsdale around 10 p.m. on Monday and about 11 1/2 hours after the drugs were administered to induce labor, Catherine Elizabeth was born, weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces and measuring 20 3/4 inches.

Liz and Catherine Young will leave the hospital on Thursday and will remain in Arizona for the foreseeable future.

"It was a little strange, but it worked out great," Young said. "Everyone's doing great. It all went smoothly. The doctors and nurses took great care of us. The only hard part is it's been two night without sleep for me."

Hating spring: It seems that April can't get here soon enough for Padres pitcher Randy Wolf, who endured another tough outing in his second Cactus League outing this spring.

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Wolf allowed four runs on three hits with two walks and reached his pitch count before leaving the game with two outs in the first inning. It marked the second time in as many starts where he couldn't complete an inning.

"Spring Training is the height of my frustration every year," said Wolf, who calls himself a slow starter. "Especially the first two weeks of Spring Training, I'm awful. I know I'll get there. But the process of getting there is so frustrating. I hate going out there and not being sharp. It's kind of embarrassing."

Wolf has allowed seven earned runs over 1 1/3 innings thus far.

Shawn Estes, trying to win the fifth-starter spot in the rotation, struggled with command, allowing three runs on four hits over one inning. He's allowed nine earned runs over 1 2/3 innings in two starts.

Friars notes: The Padres faced the Mariners in a "B" game Wednesday morning in Peoria. San Diego topped Seattle, 3-2, in seven innings as pitcher Josh Geer got the victory with two scoreless innings. Drew Macias had two hits, including a home run. Two other Padres (Michael Barrett and Kyle Blanks) each had two hits. Pitchers Mauro Zarate, Edwin Moreno and Ernesto Frieri each threw a scoreless inning. ... It looks like reliever Carlos Guevara, the Rule 5 Draft pick from the Reds who has been nursing a sore hamstring since the first week of camp, could pitch in a Cactus League game as early as Thursday, manager Bud Black said. ... Jody Gerut had two hits Wednesday against the A's, raising his average this spring to .455.

Up next: Jake Peavy makes his second start of the spring at 12:05 p.m. PT on Thursday against the Colorado Rockies at the Peoria Sports Complex. Peavy is scheduled to throw three innings, with Glendon Rusch set to follow him with two innings.

Corey Brock is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.