Lance Forsythe is on the 15-day DL for the Padres. (Norm Hall/Getty Images)
The San Diego Padres are already beat-up and the season hasn't even begun.
Logan Forsythe, who was supposed to fill in at third base for the injured Chase Headley, will go on the 15-day disabled list after the Padres found an inflammation of plantar fasciitis in his right foot, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com. Headley, meanwhile, who fractured the tip of his left thumb during a game March 17, is expected to be out for the entire first month of the season, so it's possible that Forsythe still plays at third base when he returns a few weeks before Headley.
The condition has been a lingering issue for Forsythe, 26, who played three innings in a loss to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. It was his first game back since March 7 but it looks like he will be back on the shelf for a few more weeks.
For his career, Forsythe is batting .254 with six home runs and 38 RBIs.
Padres manager Bud Black said he had no choice but to take him out against the Giants, according to the MLB.com report:
"It was really painful at the start of the game and with the intensity of the soreness, we had to take him out. The pain got worse the more he was on it."
As Brock points out, infielder Jedd Gyorko will likely play second base for opening day but the Padres could in theory give third base to Gyorko, who played the position as a Minor Leaguer. If that's the case, the team could assign Alexi Amarista to second base.
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