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Headley exits game with back stiffness

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PHOENIX - Third baseman Chase Headley left Tuesday night's game against the D-backs with stiffness in his back, the Padres said.

"He felt it coming on, and we got him out of there as a precaution," Padres manager Bud Black said.

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Black said Headley was unlikely to play in Wednesday's series finale against the D-backs. That, coupled with an off-day Thursday, could give him time to rest before the team opens a series on the road Friday against the Dodgers.

Headley started Tuesday's game and went 1-for-2 with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter, Alexi Amarista, to begin the fifth.

"It started to spasm up on me after my second at-bat," Headley said, adding that the pain was in his lower right side.

"I can't imagine a scenario where I'll play tomorrow. But I don't necessarily think it's a strain."

Amarista remained in the game at third base for the Padres, who fell to the D-backs, 10-9, in 10 innings.

A year after leading the National League in RBIs, Headley entered the game hitting .239 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter.

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