Chase Headley got off to a brutal start to 2016, as he hovered at or below the Mendoza Line for the first six weeks. He found a way to right the ship after that, but the end result was more of the same as the third baseman's 14 home runs, 51 RBI and .253 batting average resemble the kind of player he has been over the course of his career, save for his fluke 2012 season. The 32-year-old brought down his strikeout totals a bit, but he still whiffed in 22.3 percent of his plate appearances. It's unlikely he'll have much competition at the hot corner in the Bronx, so he figures to be in the lineup most nights again next season (he's played in at least 135 games five straight years), but at this point in his career it's fair to continue expecting more of the same. Headley lacks standout tools and has posted a 92 wRC+ in back-to-back seasons. He should continue to perform as a slightly below league-average hitter.
Headley was given a day of rest Friday, getting the day off from the club's workouts and spring training game, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. It doesn't appear as though the third baseman is dealing with any ailments in particular, but manager Joe Girardi decided to give a couple of his veterans a full day off early in the spring as a precautionary measure. Headley is coming off another disappointing season at the plate, slashing .253/.331/.385 while striking out in over 25 percent of his at-bats. He doesn't face much competition at the hot corner in the spring, but if Headley's struggles continue in 2017, the Yankees may eventually look for another solution at third.
Headley went 2-for-3 with an RBI double, another two-bagger, a walk and he a run in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Orioles. The third baseman came through with a timely run-scoring double in the sixth that closed the deficit to 3-2. Headley had gone hitless in his previous four games and finished September with an unsightly .200/.302/.293 line, but has managed his best homer total (14) since he smacked a career-high 31 back in 2012 with the Padres.
Headley (back) is in the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays, Chad Jennings of LoHud.com reports. The back issue that cost Headley three games earlier in the week resurfaced Saturday, keeping him on the bench for the team's 3-0 loss to Toronto. He's apparently feeling better Sunday, however, and will get the starting nod at third base. Headley is 0-for-7 at the plate through the first three games of the series, during which the Yankees have been outscored 14-0.
Headley was held out of Saturday's game with the back issue that cost him three games earlier in the week, LoHud.com reports. Headley's back had acted up earlier in the week, and though he was able to return and start the team's past two tilts, he went 0-for-7 with three strikeouts in that span. Manager Joe Girardi indicated his third baseman didn't mention the back flaring up again, but the skipper suggested the 32-year-old didn't look 100 percent healthy in his two games back. After getting an extra day off, Headley will look to return to the lineup Sunday for the series finale against the Blue Jays.
Headley (back) is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rays, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. A bout of back tightness cost Headley three starts, but he has been cleared to return to third base Thursday against lefty Blake Snell. The switch-hitter is batting .285 on the year against lefties but is only slugging .368 from the right side, as just six of his 41 hits against southpaws have gone for extra bases.