SAN FRANCISCO -- Third baseman Chase Headley was certainly excited about playing in his first game of the season Wednesday in Los Angeles.
He was pretty excited about Thursday as well, as the team had an off-day in San Francisco before opening a three-game series Friday at AT&T Park.
Sightseeing excursion? Not exactly.
Headley said he needed the day to recuperate from playing nine innings for the first time since coming back from a fractured tip of his left thumb. He missed the first 14 games of the season.
"It was good timing. I was tired," Headley said Friday. "That's the first time I've played nine innings all year. I'm definitely not disappointed we had yesterday off after a [nearly] four-hour game."
Headley went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI single in a 7-2 victory over the Dodgers that gave the Padres their first sweep of a series of three games or more at Dodger Stadium since 2006.
In four Minor League rehabilitation stints with Class A Lake Elsinore, Headley played seven, seven and five innings defensively at third base before rejoining the team.
Headley was in the starting lineup Friday and hit third against the Giants, rapping a sacrifice fly in the first inning. If history is any indication, he'll be in there a lot, as he's played in at least 156 games in three of the past four seasons.
Now, he said, it's just a matter of getting his body used to playing every day again.
"It's going to take a little time to get into the usual grind with my body," Headley said. "But I think it will come back quick."
Maybin gets splint, treatment on sore wrist
SAN FRANCISCO -- Center fielder Cameron Maybin, who went on the disabled list Wednesday, had a cortisone shot in his right wrist this week and has been fitted for a splint.
Maybin went on the 15-day disabled list with what the team called an impingement of his wrist, which has bothered him off and on the last two seasons but hasn't required a disabled-list stint to this point.
San Diego manager Bud Black said Maybin suffered the injury making a difficult catch Monday against the Dodgers.
Black indicated Wednesday that Maybin could need more than the allotted 15 days on the disabled list to heal. He will be in the splint for at least a week.
"He's got to let the wrist calm down," Black said. "He jammed it into the ground pretty good. [The shot] helps the recovery."
Maybin, who had soreness in the wrist as recently as Spring Training, is hitting .091 in 33 at-bats. The Padres will use Will Venable, Chris Denorfia and possibly Alexi Amarista in center field in Maybin's absence.
On Friday, it was Denorfia who got the start in center field against Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Denorfia, who went into the game with a .406 average in 32 at-bats against Bumgarner, led off the game with a double and later scored the Padres' first run.
Padres keeping eye on Ross' injured shoulder
SAN FRANCISCO -- The first swing Tyson Ross had since high school produced more than just his first Major League hit, a long single Wednesday against Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
It also produced pain in his left shoulder, as Ross suffered a subluxation of the shoulder on his follow-through.
Ross was still in some pain Friday and manager Bud Black said it's not certain the right-hander will make his next start Tuesday against the Brewers at Petco Park.
"He wants to pitch but we're going to monitor it," said Black. "I won't say that it's definite that he'll start."
This was the second time Ross suffered a subluxation, which is a partial dislocation of the shoulder joint. He was attended to at first base briefly in the third inning of the Padres' 7-2 victory. He remained in the game and nearly got his first Padres victory, going 4 2/3 innings.
"I went from being really happy I made contact to being in agonizing pain. I kind of knew what it was. I'll be all right," Ross said. "I've experienced it before ... but never swinging a baseball bat. When it happens, it hurts really bad and after that it's sore but takes care of itself."
Ross distinctly remembers the first time he suffered a similar injury, when he was playing golf. He was asked if the shot was at least good.
"No," he said, smiling. "None of my shots are good."