SAN DIEGO -- Before the Padres' game against the Rockies on Saturday, anxious outfielder Will Venable checked his phone for text messages from his brother, Winston, a former Boise State football player who was trying to win a job with the Chicago Bears.The new was good: Winston survived Saturday's cuts, leaving him on the 53-man roster, although neither Venable will assume Winston is on the team until he is in uniform for the Bears' opener. "He is an undrafted free agent," Will said. "He was the fourth-string strong safety and didn't get any reps in practice. He's doing his thing on special teams." A former basketball star, Will didn't play football. "I was too smart, too soft for it," he said, laughing.
Headley finds bright side to injury
SAN DIEGO -- When an X-ray revealed a fractured little finger, Padres third baseman Chase Headley lamented his rotten luck.Headley was having his best season until he made an unlucky headfirst slide on Aug. 6. As it turned out, the break wasn't such a bad thing. In the big scheme of things, "it was a blessing," Headley said on Saturday. Being on the disabled list allowed him to be with his wife, Casey, late in her pregnancy while the Padres traveled, which Headley said created "peace of mind" for them both. Thursday afternoon, Chase was in the San Diego hospital with Casey as she gave birth to their first child, Colt Jordan Headley. "It was awesome," Headley said. "I've had a lot of cool feelings in my life, but that is far and away the best experience in my life." Although he played quarterback in high school, Headley didn't name his son after quarterback Colt McCoy, the Cleveland Browns QB and former University of Texas star. "I've just always liked the name Colt," said Headley, who suggested the name to his wife. His broken finger, meanwhile, "feels great," and Headley said he expects to resume baseball activities within a week and return to the lineup shortly after. The 27-year-old will wear a hand guard on the basepaths and slide feet first on certain plays -- but he'll continue to dive into bases, saying he believes it gets him to the bag faster.
Maybin eager to get back to action
SAN DIEGO -- After his first batting practice in a week, Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin grinned and told reporters to get him into the lineup for Saturday night's game."Bueno day," Maybin said. Maybin remained out of the lineup to protect his right wrist, but manager Bud Black said he could start soon. On Friday, Black inserted Maybin for defense. Maybin, who suffered the wrist strain on Monday, acknowledged that the injury is a tricky one. The wrist became sore after his previous batting practice, on Tuesday.
"It's in a tough spot," said Maybin, who reported some improvement after a cortisone shot.
Rookie infielder Logan Forsythe was out of Saturday's lineup because of a strained knee tendon. Manager Bud Black said Forsythe might return to the lineup within a few days. Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley addressed the staff before Friday's game.
"We've had too many walks," Balsley said. Black said that prospect Anthony Rizzo, due to come up from Triple-A this month, will play less than he did for the Padres this summer. Look for Jesus Guzman to remain the primary starter at first base.
Tom Krasovic is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.