The San Diego Padres were hoping to gain some momentum off the heels of their recent two-game winning streak heading into Friday night’s opening series game with the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers. The team was struck with a big blow prior to the release of Friday night’s lineup, as both third baseman Chase Headley and outfielder Carlos Quentin were both listed as out.
According a report published earlier this evening by Jordan Littman of the San Diego Union Tribune, Headley was out due to lingering back pain, and received an epidural. How long Headley will remain out of the Padres’ already anemic lineup remains unknown.
Outfielder Carlos Quentin was a scratch due to pain in his left knee. Quentin has had issues with his knees for the past several seasons. Seth Smith replaced Quentin in Friday night’s lineup, while utility infielder Alexi Amarista filled the hot corner slot vacated by Headley.
Both Headley and Quentin have struggled at the plate mightily, along with the rest of their teammates through the season, and both players have spent time on the disabled list this season. With the non-waiver trading deadline just six weeks away, serious injuries to either or both of players could throw a wrench into any pending plans of a roster-wide fire sale in an attempt to rebuild a struggling franchise.