San Diego Padres to open 2013 season in New York against Mets

Home opener is April 9 against Dodgers

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres are scheduled to open their 2013 season Monday in New York against the Mets.

The Padres will try to improve on their 76-86 record from 2012, a campaign in which they were forced to use a franchise record 15 starting pitchers because of injuries.

The team already has placed on the disabled list three promising young starting pitchers -- Cory Luebke, Casey Kelly and Joe Wieland -- to start the season. Luebke is projected to return by the All-Star break, but Kelly is out for the year and it is unknown when Wieland will return.

The injury bug spread to position players during spring training.

Defending National League RBI champion Chase Headley fractured the tip of his left thumb and is expected to miss the first month of the season. The infielder who would have replaced him at third base, Logan Forsythe, is on the shelf for six weeks with plantar fasciitis in a foot.

James Darnell, who can also play the hot corner, missed most of the exhibition season with a strained oblique muscle.

Left fielder Carlos Quentin has been bothered by a sore knee and only recently began playing spring training games.

The Padres have their home opener April 9 -- against the Los Angeles Dodgers -- in a Petco Park that has seen the outfield fences moved closer to home plate.

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