Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said a four-week absence for Chase Headley (thumb) is "optimistic," with the timetable for the third baseman ranging from 4-6 weeks.
With this latest update, Headley can probably be safely ruled out for all of April. The third baseman suffered the injury Sunday while sliding into second base in an attempt to break up a double play. His left thumb will not require surgery, but it was placed in a splint Monday and it's not clear when he'll be able to start the rehab process. As long as he's healthy, Logan Forsythe (foot) is looking like the favorite to start at third base while Headley is out. If Forsythe's foot injury keeps him out on Opening Day, the Padres could move Jedd Gyorko back to third and start Alexi Amarista at second.