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Chase Headley takes batting practice

Updated: April 10, 2013, 10:24 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Padres third baseman Chase Headley was encouraged Wednesday after taking batting practice for the first time since breaking his left thumb in a spring game.

Headley swung from both sides of the plate and said he felt no pain. He broke his thumb while sliding into second base trying to break up a double play on March 17.

"Today's the first day on the field. I don't think we're a long way off," said Headley, who previously had hit off a tee and in soft toss.

"I'm ...

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