If Chase Headley remains a Padre for the foreseeable future he’s sure to pick up a few franchise records along the way. The dubious milestone that he’s approaching as this season winds down – Headley is eight shy of the 773 times that Nate Colbert struck out as a Padre – is as much a byproduct of his longevity in San Diego as it is a function of season-long funk that’s helped those numbers pile up in 2013.

“You can look at it two ways” Headley said. “Obviously I hate striking out. I hate it and I hate it in certain situations more than others. But the type of hitter that I am I’m still going to walk a fair amount I’m going to see pitches and I’m going to get myself into counts. … It is what it is. At least I’ve been around here long enough to accumulate them.”

Headley entered Friday’s game with 765 strikeouts accumulated over parts of seven seasons although he’d never hit with the kind of power that Colbert flashed while averaging 27 homers a year over six seasons (1969-74) as a Padre until last year.

Headley’s power surge for 31 homers a year ago made it much easier to forgive striking out 157 times three shy of the single-season franchise record set by Mike Cameron in 2007.

This year Headley’s strikeout rate – 24.3 percent of his at-bats – is higher than it’s been since his first full season in 2008 although Headley is starting to round into form some late-season adjustments have begun to kick in.

The biggest Headley said is moving from an overlapping grip of the bat to a more traditional one. The results have his slugging percentage (.612) and OPS (1.009) this month on par with the numbers that he produced over the final two months (.632 / 1.020) of the 2012 season.

At the same time Padres manager Bud Black is seeing Headley get back to the fundaments of his game.