SAN DIEGO -- Chase Headley got a rare day off on Saturday as manager Bud Black opted to take the third baseman out of the lineup against the New York Mets. Black said the move was strictly for rest and not injury-related.
Headley has played in 108 games this season despite missing the first two weeks with a fractured thumb, and he missed just one game in 2012.
"He hasn't had many days off, so it's good to get him some rest, physically and mentally," Black said. "The last five or six games, he has been going at it pretty hard both ways. Sometimes it's good for a guy not to start a game, to rest part of a game. I told him last night."
With Headley out of the lineup, Logan Forsythe got the start at third base. Forsythe has made just one other start at the hot corner this season. Black said Headley may enter the game as part of a double-switch should the situation arise.
Hundley returns from paternity leave
SAN DIEGO -- Padres catcher Nick Hundley has returned to the team after missing two games to be with his wife, Amy, for the birth of their daughter.
Hundley was reinstated from paternity leave prior to Saturday's game against the New York Mets and was back in the starting lineup. Catcher Chris Robinson was optioned to Triple-A Tucson to make room for Hundley on the roster.
The Hundleys' baby was born on Thursday and is the couple's first child. Manager Bud Black said he had communicated briefly with Hundley while the catcher was away.
"We texted a little bit last night and I told him he was in the lineup today," Black said. "He said he was ready to go. Then he came in this morning and got lots of congratulations from everybody. He's doing well, Amy is doing well, and the baby is doing well. It's all good."
Robinson did not appear in a game in his first stint in the Majors. Black said he spoke to Robinson about the catcher's immediate future, with September callups on the horizon. For now, Robinson will head to Sacramento to play with the Tucson club.
Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.