Since Evan Longoria and Jay Bruce were brought up to the Major Leagues in April and May, respectively, the prospect whose continued presence in the minors has caused the most uproar among fans is probably San Diego’s Chase Headley. Headley spent eight games with the Padres last season, posting a .222/.333/.278 line in 21 plate appearances, but failed to make the team out of spring training in 2008. As San Diego roared out of the gate and immediately fell more than ten games behind division-leading Arizona, the fans rose as one and began calling for The Beav* to make a grand encore entrance to The Show.
*Don’t ask me why I decided to call Headley “The Beav”. I think at one point somebody mentioned that he played for the Portland Beavers and may have referred to him as a Beaver. It just made sense from there. And it just hit me that he will play his home games in Petco Park – even better.
Headley was called up by the Padres on Saturday and expected to meet the team in Cleveland in time for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Indians. No corresponding roster move has been announced, although I saw somewhere that Jerry Hairston, Jr. injured his elbow and could be placed on the disabled list to make room.
Update: Sorry, got my Hairston’s mixed up. Jerry Jr. plays for the Reds. His brother, Scott, is the one with the bad elbow. Apparently he’s day-to-day, so we’ll see what happens.