SAN DIEGO -- Padres third baseman Chase Headley hasn't taken a swing in a game since Aug. 6, felled by a fractured left little finger that landed him on the disabled list two days later. On Tuesday, Headley discovered he could swing a bat again this weekend, even if it means hitting balls off a batting tee or playing flip in the batting cage. A visit to a hand specialist revealed positive results with Headley's finger, meaning that he will be able to pick up a bat Saturday, when the team is in Phoenix playing the D-backs.
"It's going in the right direction," Headley said on Tuesday before the Padres faced the Giants at PETCO Park. "It feels like it's been months." There's no timetable as to when Headley will be cleared to take batting practice or when he'll be allowed to play again. Headley suffered the fracture when he hooked his finger on the second-base bag while sliding into the base against the Pirates. He is hitting .292.