05/03/2013 9:44 PM ET
Headley, Fowler clear air after contract talks
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- Third baseman Chase Headley told reporters Friday that he had a meeting with the team's executive chairman, Ron Fowler, in the afternoon to discuss the events of the last three days.
On Wednesday, Fowler said the team intended to make Headley a contract offer this season that would make him the highest-paid player in franchise history. On Thursday, Headley told MLB.com that his stance had not changed in that he would not negotiate a deal during the season.
Hours before the Padres faced the D-backs at Petco Park, Headley and Fowler talked.
"We had a good conversation," Headley said, standing in front of his locker. "He [Fowler] wanted me to know that he wasn't negotiating through the media. I appreciated that. I explained my position to him. We're good. There's no tension between us."
Headley, coming off a season in which he led the National League in RBIs (115) while winning the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards, will not be a free agent until after the 2014 season.
"As of this point, nothing has changed," Headley said. "I'm trying to pour water on the fire. This is why I didn't want this to be in-season. I need to be completely focused. We're done with it for now."
Headley is making $8.575 million this year and is the second-highest-paid player on the team behind left fielder Carlos Quentin ($9.5 million).
Earlier this week, Fowler said he gave general manager Josh Byrnes the go-ahead to start negotiations with Headley on a longterm deal that, Fowler indicated, would make Headley the "highest-paid player in club history."
"We want him here; it's a priority to keep him here," Fowler said.
Headley, who missed the first 14 games of the season after fracturing the tip of his left thumb in Spring Training, went into Friday's game hitting .278 with three home runs and seven RBIs in 14 games. He's hitting .429 in his last five games.
Showing progress, Maybin plays catch
SAN DIEGO -- Center fielder Cameron Maybin was not exactly bounding through the home clubhouse Friday, though it was awfully close.
For the first time since April 15, Maybin was able to play catch -- "light catch," he said -- after a lengthy stint wearing a splint on his right wrist to protect the impingement he sustained more than two weeks ago during a game against the Dodgers.
"I haven't really done anything active, other than getting treatment and doing leg workouts and cardio to try and stay active," Maybin said. "But this is the first time playing catch in a while. We'll have to see how it goes."
Maybin sustained the injury when he used his right hand to make a difficult catch against the Dodgers in a game April 15. He was then fitted for a splint.
"The waiting is definitely the toughest part," Maybin said. "I want to be out there on the field."
Maybin, who has had trouble with the wrist in each of the last two seasons, said surgery was still an option but one he desperately wanted to avoid.
"It's still a possibility depending on how it feels," he said. "We'll see. But that's always a last resort."
Luebke's progression slowed but not set back
SAN DIEGO -- No one is quite ready to call it a setback, but Padres pitcher Cory Luebke -- working his way back from Tommy John surgery in 2012 -- had some pain in his left elbow after playing catch off a mound Monday at Petco Park.
"He's going to take a break from throwing and reassess things," Padres manager Bud Black said, adding that Luebke and physical therapist Rick Stauffer "don't seem to be too concerned by what's happened."
Luebke, who had his throwing program halted for six weeks earlier this year, had progressed up to the point where he was playing catch off a mound -- not throwing a bullpen session.
"His progressions were great," Black said. "It's just a little sore. He did the right thing by letting Rick know that it was a little sore. But he had been hitting all of his marks."
Luebke had reconstructive elbow surgery last May. Teammate Joe Wieland, who had the same surgery in July, threw 100 pitches off a mound last week in Arizona.
• Quentin was scratched from the starting lineup before batting practice Friday, as Black cited that the left fielder's surgically repaired right knee was "balky." Quentin was out in the outfield four hours before game time testing the knee by running. Jesus Guzman replaced Quentin in left field.