09/03/11 9:30 PM ET
Headley finds bright side to injury
By Tom Krasovic / Special to MLB.com
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.
Venable brothers get good news
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.
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.
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