Concern high after Padres star Headley hurts thumb

The Padres are said to be "concerned'' after initial tests on star third baseman Chase Headley's left thumb, and he was flown to San Diego to see a hand specialist to determine just how long he'll be out.

Indications are there is reason to suspect it's a serious injury after the initial readings. reported Sunday night that Opening Day could be in jeopardy for Headley. If the thumb is fractured he could be out a lot longer than that, depending on how bad the break is.

A loss of Headley for a significant period of time would be devastating for the Padres, who were beset by injuries last year. This spring they lost pitching prospect Casey Kelly to Tommy John surgery, and catcher Yasmani Grandal is out 50 games with a drug suspension.

Headley's injury was initially termed a "jammed'' thumb, but there's worry it could be worse than that. Headley, hitting .448 this spring, hurt the thumb while trying to break up a double play Sunday.

"He went to slide into second base and got stuck and twisted around and his thumb ended up hitting the bag ... his thumb was in a bad spot,'' Padres manager Bud Black told Padres writers.

Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said he expected to have Headley's final diagnosis sometime Monday.

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