4/9/2014 1:18 P.M. ET
Searching for hits, Headley gets breather
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- Struggling third baseman Chase Headley got a rare start off on Wednesday -- well, sort of.
Headley, who had three hits in his first 28 at-bats this season, didn't start the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Indians. Alexi Amarista got the start at third base instead.
Headley was expected to be in the lineup for the second game.
"It's been frustrating, obviously. You want to get off to a fast start and help the team win," Headley said. "But it's approximately 30 at-bats. I'm just not hitting the pitches I need to hit."
The Padres had a season-high in runs (six) and hits (15) in Tuesday's 8-6 loss to the Indians, but Headley went 0-for-5.
"When I look at the at-bats and swings [on video] … it's not far off," he said.
While Headley is never big on taking days off, he didn't mind so much getting a break in the first game on Wednesday. After Thursday's off-day, the Padres play 20 games in 20 days before their next day off on May 1. Headley also indicated that he's had some soreness in his left knee of late, the same knee he had surgery on in October to repair a torn meniscus.
"Doubleheaders are tough. … So it's nice to get one [start off] and I'll try to use it to my advantage this morning," Headley said.
Black has a much deeper history with Headley than he does any other player on the 25-man roster, as Headley made his Major League debut in 2007, Black's first season. The conversations that he has with Headley are different than the ones that hitting coach Phil Plantier has, as those talks are surely more technical in terms of hitting.
"We talk about his approach, how he's seeing the ball, his defense," Black said. "I worry about all of my players. Do I worry about some more than others? Yes. Do I worry about him more than others? No."
Lefty LaFromboise joins Padres for twin bill
CLEVELAND -- The Padres officially added left-handed reliever Bobby LaFromboise to their roster before their twin bill on Wednesday against the Indians.
Teams are allowed to add a 26th player to the roster for a doubleheader and the Padres decided to add LaFromboise, who made two appearances thus far with Triple-A El Paso.
LaFromboise, who was claimed off waivers from the Mariners on April 2, flew from Seattle to Cleveland on Tuesday, arriving about 8:30 p.m. ET. He watched the Padres' 8-6 loss to the Indians from the team's hotel.
"This is awesome," LaFromboise said Wednesday morning. "I never expected [to be recalled] this quick. It goes to show you never know how quick it's going to happen."
LaFromboise, 27, will return to San Diego after Wednesday's game and then likely rejoin El Paso.
San Diego manager Bud Black met LaFromboise for the first time on Wednesday, not having ever seen him pitch before. The reports from the team's scouts, however, were favorable.
"He has a low, three-quarters fastball with a change and has worked his way to the big leagues," Black said of LaFromboise, who made his big league debut with the Mariners last season.
"Bobby has made marked improvement the last couple of years, according to our scouts. He has some weapons."
LaFromboise's head has been spinning since the Padres claimed him.
"I've been with the Mariners for six years, so it's the only thing I ever knew," he said. "I didn't know what to do when I wasn't on a roster. Once the Padres claimed me, it was quick process. I was over there [in Arizona] for a day and then flew out with the team."
LaFromboise had a 6.75 ERA in two games and 1 1/3 innings.
He came to the Padres with a reputation as having a funky delivery.
What's so funky about it?
"People describe as body limbs going everywhere," he said, smiling.
Nady goes back to back two years apart
CLEVELAND -- There was something altogether peculiar about Xavier Nady's home run during the ninth inning of the Padres' 8-6 loss to the Indians on Tuesday.
That hit was not just his first of the season, but his first Major League hit since Sept. 30, 2012, when he was with the Giants.
That hit just so happened to be a home run against current teammate and Padres' closer Huston Street.
According to Elias, Nady is the first Major League player to have two consecutive hits as a home run with the second coming for the team his last home run came against since 2005, when Mark Bellhorn accomplished the feat while with the Red Sox and Yankees that season.
Get all that?
The last Padres player to do it was Jay Payton, who hit a home run against the Padres while playing for the Rockies in September 2003 only to hit a home run in his first game for the Padres in April of 2004.
The home run on Wednesday was Nady's first with the Padres since Aug. 20, 2005. That was Nady's last season of his first tour with the Padres. That particular home run was a grand slam in the 13th inning of a 7-2 victory over the Braves in Atlanta.