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Padres designate struggling Chase Headley; recall Cory Spangenberg

San Diego Padres' Chase Headley reacts after a called strike three during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in San Diego. (Alex Gallardo / AP)
San Diego Padres' Chase Headley reacts after a called strike three during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in San Diego. (Alex Gallardo / AP)

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres have designated struggling third baseman Chase Headley for assignment and recalled infielder Cory Spangenberg from Triple-A El Paso.

The 34-year-old Headley was reacquired from the New York Yankees along with right-hander Bryan Mitchell in the offseason. The Padres liked Mitchell so much that they were willing to take on Headley’s $13 million salary.

But Headley was hitting just .115 (6 for 52) with no home runs and four RBIs at the time of Saturday’s move. He had made only six starts at third base and three at first base.

Mitchell was demoted to the bullpen after going 0-3 in seven starts.


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