HOUSTON -- Manager Bud Black decided to give third baseman Chase Headley a day off on Tuesday.
That didn't stop the Padres skipper from summoning Headley in a 5-3 loss to the Astros, though. Entering as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, Headley went 1-for-2 with a two-run single in the ninth that made things interesting.
Headley had started 72 of the Padres' first 74 games, only sitting out on May 22 against the Cardinals (back). He pinch-hit in the ninth inning of his other non-start, on May 13 against the Phllies.
The third baseman is batting .267 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs this season. He has reached base safely via hit or walk in 66 of his 74 games played this season.
Black said Headley would definitely be back in the starting lineup on Wednesday against Astros starter Lucas Harrell.