Cut to the Chase: What to Know About Headley

Through two games, we’ve learned a decent amount about new Yankees 3B Chase Headley. Here are some highlights, mixed in with some things he carried with him to New York.

Epidurals are good. Headley battled back issues earlier this year in San Diego, to the point he says he was “pretty banged up.” That said, he’s said twice that the epidural he had on his back has worked like a charm, and his back “continue[s] to feel much better than prior.” He’s called back surgery a “last-case scenario,” and noted it’s an unpleasant thing to think about. He said that he’s added a few core workouts, and that he warms up his back quite a bit before games. It seems like he has a firm hold on his back for now.

Newspapers are no good. Chase Headley won’t read the NY papers, not even after a walk-off hit. “I’ve been warned to stay out of those,” he said. “My parents, first of all when I started playing baseball, they told me that. But my agent is out of New York so he gave me the heads up and told me to stay out of it. He actually texted me this morning and told me to look at it. But I’m still staying away from it.” Not even when his agent tells him to read the paper will he read the paper. That’s bound to earn some respect points.

First Base? “I haven’t done a whole of it, but yeah, I think I can do just fine over there,” he says. Headley’s only played a few innings there in his career, but says he can “imagine that [he] could make the switch if [he] needed to.” The Yankees are currently employing Brian McCann, who’s played six career games at 1st Base in his career (all this year), as Mark Teixeira‘s backup. Joe Girardi mentioned Headley could even play the outfield, though he admits he feels more comfortable in the infield.

All Fields. One of the first things GM Brian Cashman mentioned about Chase Headley was his ability to “spray the ball.” Check it:

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Source: FanGraphs

Flashing the Leather. Headley came into his Yankees debut Tuesday tied for fifth in the Majors with seven defensive runs saved. He won a Gold Glove for his play at third in 2012.

Whitesnake. Headley’s walk-up song is “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake. That’s cool.

Kenny covers the Yankees (and Knicks) for WFUV Sports & is a freelance radio reporter with the AP, MetroSource, WFAN & CBS Sports. Ridgefield, CT native. Long-time Jason Giambi and Alex Rodriguez defender. Quotes via WFUV Radio unless otherwise noted.

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