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Padres designate Chase Headley

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The Padres have designated third baseman Chase Headley for assignment, per a team announcement on Saturday. Infielder Cory Spangenberg was recalled from Triple-A El Paso and is expected to take Headley’s spot on the roster.

Headley, 34, got his start in the majors with the Padres back in 2007. He enjoyed a seven-year tenure with the club before getting traded to the Yankees for Yangervis Solarte and Rafael De Paula in mid-2014. After returning to the Padres prior to the 2018 season, however, he scraped together a pitiful .115/.135/.368 batting line, one double and four RBI in his first 60 PA and lost out on a starting role to Spangenberg and rookie Christian Villanueva.

It hasn’t been that long since Headley provided some value at the plate — during his four-year run with the Yankees, he maintained a .250+ average and produced a cumulative 8.4 fWAR — but the Padres clearly have better options and little reason to hold onto the aging slugger.

“It got to the point where it’s best for everyone involved to make that change,” manager Andy Green told reporters. “Nothing but gratitude towards the way he did his job. Wish him the absolute best.”

Charlie Morton exits start with discomfort in right shoulder

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Astros pitcher Charlie Morton left Sunday’s start against the Angels after just one inning due to discomfort in his right shoulder, the team announced. Morton yielded a one-out double to Justin Upton, who later scored on a wild pitch. He averages about 96 MPH on his fastball but sat in the 92-94 MPH range in his one inning of work.

Morton, 34, went on the disabled list with right shoulder discomfort on August 29 and returned on September 8. It’s bad news for the Astros, who may have to go into the playoffs without him. If that is to be the case, Lance McCullers would take Morton’s spot in the rotation. It’s also bad news for Morton, who is a free agent after the season and figures to be one of the more sought-after starters.

Morton entered Sunday’s start 15-3 with a 3.15 ERA with a 195/63 K/BB ratio in 163 innings of work.