Headley has made a quick return to the team's lineup after suffering a thumb fracture. Padres GM Josh Byrnes originally hoped that Headley would only be on the disabled list for five weeks, but the third baseman is returning to the lineup after four.
San Diego will be glad to see Headley return, as the team could use his offensive production. The Padres are currently 4-10 on the season, sitting in last place in the difficult NL West division. San Diego hitters have hit an uninspiring .249/.318/.364 to start the season. Headley had a breakout season last year, hitting .286/.376/.498 in 669 plate appearances.
Maybin has really struggled to start the season, as he hit .091/.167/.121 in his first 37 plate appearances. San Diego is hoping that he can bounce back from the wrist injury, which has plagued him for the past two seasons, and help contribute when he is healthy.
Chris Denorfia will receive his second straight start in centerfield in place of Maybin. Headley is back in the lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers and hitting third. Jedd Gyorko, who has played third base in Headley's absence, will move to second and Alexi Amarista will move to the bench.