SAN DIEGO -- When Chase Headley was hit by a Jordan Zimmermann pitch in the seventh inning Saturday, he calmly took off his shin guard and jogged toward first base. It was a breaking pitch that got away from Zimmermann, didn't really sting much and was something that has become pretty common.
The Padres have been hit by 21 pitches this season, the second most in the majors (Pittsburgh, 26). Headley leads the team after being plunked five times. That ties a career high and passes his total for all of 2012, in 578 fewer plate appearances.
They've been hit at a rapid pace lately, 14 times over the past 17 games, the most in the big leagues over that span.
"I think the plan to try and get me out is maybe a little different this year than it was last year," said Headley, the National League leader in RBIs last season.
"They're trying to maybe get the ball in, or if they're missing they'd rather miss inside rather that miss over the plate. I think that may have a little bit to do with it."
Before Headley took the team lead last night, he was tied at four with Carlos Quentin -- who's always been near the top of the league in his career -- and Kyle Blanks. All three of those players are in the top 10 in the Majors in hit by pitches.
Blanks has done this with only 69 plate appearances. He said he's been OK with the times he's been hit, as it's usually come when he's behind in the count.
"As long as it's not in the head, I don't care," Blanks said. "Free base."
Headley, on the other hand, has had some ones that he said have stung. He's been hit on the outside of his knee and on the foot.
"I've been lucky; nothing too bad," Headley said. "Couple minutes of pain and after that, you're good to go."
Maybin might start rehab stint on Friday
SAN DIEGO -- Center fielder Cameron Maybin could be headed out on a Minor League rehabilitation stint as soon as Friday if he responds well to swinging the bat this week.
Maybin, who on Sunday missed his 28th consecutive game with a right wrist impingement, will hit in the batting cage and on the field before games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
"You can expect if Cam has a good three days, baseball activities, hitting in the cage and on the field, you could expect to see him go out Friday," said Padres manager Bud Black. "...We feel confident where Cam is."
Maybin has been on the disabled list since April 17 and his recovery has been slow. Surgery was once an option and might be something he revisits during the offseason, but Maybin's wrist has responded well in the last few weeks.
Maybin was hitting .091 in his first 33 at-bats with five strikeouts before sustaining the injury while making a catch against the Dodgers last month.
Headley happy to play in speedy game
SAN DIEGO -- A big smile washed across Chase Headley's face Sunday morning when he was asked about the Padres' 2-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.
The smile wasn't so much for the win itself, but the time of the game -- two hours and one minute.
"Awesome," Headley said, beaming.
The game was the shortest the Padres have played since Aug. 23, 2005 when Jake Peavy defeated Roger Clemens of the Astros in a game that lasted just one hour and 53 minutes. Both pitchers threw complete games.
Saturday's game was dominated by pitching as well as Jordan Zimmermann allowed two runs -- one earned -- over eight innings for the Nationals. Eric Stults had a no-hitter through five innings for the Padres and allowed one run in eight innings.
"I looked up a couple of times and realized it was the seventh inning; it felt like we just got started," Headley said. "I think that's the quickest game I've ever been a part of."
Given that the Padres were facing Zimmermann, who was 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA entering the game, it's not at all surprising, Headley said, that the game went by as quickly as it did.
"Going in, we wanted to be aggressive against him," Headley said. "I think that's why you saw a lot of balls in play in early counts."
• The reports were good on catcher Yasmani Grandal's return to professional baseball Saturday, as he went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI and caught nine innings for Triple-A Tucson. Grandal was suspended for the Padres' first 50 games of the season after testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone. He's allowed to play in 10 Minor League games before he's eligible to play for the Padres on May 28.
"He had a good game behind the plate, blocked balls fine," said Padres manager Bud Black. "He had some good swings and looked good behind the plate."
• Former Padres pitcher Thad Weber was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays on Sunday. Weber was designated for assignment earlier in the week. He appeared in three games for the Padres this year, posting a 2.00 ERA in nine innings. Weber was 4-1 with a 3.93 ERA in six starts for Triple-A Tucson.