Chase Headley diagnosed with Grade 1 calf strain

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Padres third baseman Chase Headley underwent an MRI exam on his calf injury and it confirmed the original diagnosis of a Grade 1 strain. Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that Headley is expected to miss another 2-3 weeks.

Last season Headley fractured his thumb during spring training and didn’t make his regular season debut until April 17. It’s unclear yet if this injury could put his status for Opening Day in jeopardy.

This is a hugely important season for Headley, as he’s on the verge of free agency and coming off a disappointing year in which he hit just .250 with 13 homers and a .747 OPS in 141 games after homering 31 times with an NL-leading 115 RBIs in 2012.