LOS ANGELES -- Third baseman Chase Headley wasn't in the Padres' starting lineup on Friday, though the stiffness in his lower back felt much better than it did two days ago.
Headley left Tuesday's game against the D-backs when his back stiffened after his second at-bat. He missed Wednesday's game and then got an additional day of rest Thursday when the team was off.
"It's felt better both days [Thursday and Friday]. It's improved," Headley said Friday before the Padres faced the Dodgers in the first game of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.
That was good news to his manager, Bud Black.
"Chase is doing better and has made a nice recovery in the last 24 hours," Black said. "A couple of days ago, I thought it might be three, four, five days. But he's in a good frame of mind."
Headley said the pain was at its worst late Tuesday and that it was centered in the lower-right portion of his back. He hasn't had any significant back injuries previously, so this came as a surprise.
Headley took early batting practice in the cage Friday and then was scheduled to take about 15 swings in regular batting practice on the field and take a few ground balls.
"If he makes the strides he's made the last day or so, he could be in there tomorrow," Black said.
Logan Forsythe got the start at third base on Friday.
Maybin to avoid knee surgery
LOS ANGELES -- Outfielder Cameron Maybin has received a second opinion on his injured left knee, one that came as a great relief to the Padres.
Maybin, who missed his 69th game Friday after tearing his posterior cruciate ligament, saw Reds team doctor Timothy Kremchek in Cincinnati and was told he won't need surgery and could potentially play winter ball.
"We'll try to get him ready for a possible winter-ball situation," said Padres manager Bud Black. "... But getting him ready for this season is a little bit of a reach."
If Maybin doesn't play again in 2013, and it doesn't appear he will, he will have appeared in 14 games, hitting .232 in 51 at-bats. Maybin is making $3 million this season and will make $5 million in 2014.
"He'll continue with the plan our medical staff has in place," Black said. "But I think that [news of no surgery] was reassurance for Cam. With the PCL, it just takes time."
Maybin missed 45 games earlier this season on the disabled list with an impingement of his right wrist.
Surgery-bound Quentin looks to next season
LOS ANGELES -- On Wednesday, Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin was hopeful he could schedule surgery on his right knee sooner than later.
Quentin certainly got his wish, as he will go under the knife on Tuesday in San Diego. The surgery will be performed by team physician Heinz Hoenecke, according to manager Bud Black.
The surgery, Quentin's third on his right knee in 18 months, will entail the removal of loose fragments and scar tissue and clean up any loose cartilage, Quentin said.
Quentin, who finishes the season with a .275 average, 13 home runs and 44 RBIs in 276 at-bats, felt pain in the knee on July 28 when he caught his cleat in the dirt on an "aggressive swing." Two days later, he felt additional pain running to first base.
Quentin opted to have surgery now to help ensure he's ready to go at the start of Spring Training in February.
Quentin said earlier this week that his knee was feeling better, but Black said it would have taken him at least two more weeks to get ready to appear in a game again, so the decision was made to undergo the surgery now to give Quentin a jump-start on his recovery.
"I'm optimistic. If you asked me a week ago how I felt about it, I wasn't as optimistic," Quentin said. "This improvement over this last week has given me a lot of hope that I'll have an optimal chance to stay on the field and be healthy for the season."
• Outfielder Kyle Blanks, who has missed the last 41 games with a left Achilles injury, could rejoin the Padres for Sunday's series finale against the Dodgers. Blanks is 1-for-8 on his rehab assignment going into Friday's game with Triple-A Tucson. There was an initial thought that he could get more at-bats if he needed them with Double-A San Antonio or Class A Fort Wayne -- both have which have qualified for the playoffs -- but it now appears he'll head to Los Angeles Sunday or San Diego on Monday, when the team returns to Petco Park to face the Giants.