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Will Venable | Outfielder

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/29/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Will Venable went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Giants.
Venable singled and scored in the sixth and seventh innings. The hits were as many as he'd had over his previous 21 at-bats as he's struggled for the majority of the year. Venable owns a .220/.285/.318 line in a season he'd surely like to be over. Sep 21 - 10:21 PM

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Will Venable is not in the Padres starting lineup for Wednesday's contest against the Phillies

It appears to be just a routine day off for the struggling outfielder. After a breakthrough 2013 campaign, he's hitting just .222/.289/.316 with 101 strikeouts in 370 at-bats.
Sep 17 - 7:30 PM

Will Venable (back) went 0-for-1 with a walk and two strikeouts Monday in his return to action against the Phillies.

Venable hadn't started a game since last Wednesday due to a back strain. The 31-year-old owns a disappointing .221/.290/.317 batting line over 134 games this season.
Sep 16 - 4:30 AM

Will Venable (back) was used as a pinch-runner in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Venable remained absent from the starting lineup with a back strain. It's a good sign that he felt well enough to run and he's likely to return fully this week. The outfielder has registered a disappointing .222/.287/.318 batting line in 132 games this season.
Sep 15 - 8:49 AM

Will Venable (back) remains out of the Padres' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

Venable has been sidelined with a back strain since Wednesday. He holds a poor batting line of .222/.287/.318 with six home runs and 27 RBI on the season.
Sep 13 - 5:20 PM

Will Venable was diagnosed with a back strain.

Venable left Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers after five innings and Padres manager Bud Black told reporters after the game that he will "probably be out a couple days." Venable has been a major disappointment this season, batting just .222/.287/.318 with six home runs and nine stolen bases in 132 games. He had 22 homers and 22 steals in 2013.
Sep 11 - 1:34 AM

Will Venable left Wednesday's game against the Dodgers with an undisclosed injury.

It's unclear what happened to the outfielder, but Cameron Maybin replaced him in center field to start the bottom of the fifth inning. The Padres should give an update on his status shortly.
Sep 10 - 11:40 PM

Will Venable singled in Yangervis Solarte in the bottom of the 12th to give the Padres a 3-2 win over the Braves on Saturday.

Venable's liner to right probably would have been caught under normal circumstances, but Jason Heyward was playing in with the bases loaded and one out. Even if it had been caught, it would have scored the run without a problem. Venable has now driven in a run in four straight games, going 7-for-14 with two homers and seven RBI during that span. He's back looking like a decent mixed-league option.
Aug 3 - 1:26 AM

Will Venable homered in a second straight game Thursday against the Cardinals.

It's been a positively dreadful year for Venable, but he ends July with a .286 average, three homers and three steals in 63 at-bats. He should go back to being a fixture in the San Diego lineup against right-handers now that he is swinging the bat better.
Jul 31 - 7:08 PM

Will Venable went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

Venable put the light-hitting Padres up 1-0 in the third inning with the homer off of A.J. Burnett, but the lead wouldn't last long. It was one of Venable's rare positive offensive contributions this season, as he is now sitting on a .211/.278/.306 slash line with two home runs and 11 RBI in 198 plate appearances.
Jun 10 - 9:59 PM

Will Venable filled up the box score Saturday against the White Sox, going 4-for-4 with two RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.

Venable had just three hits over his last seven games combined, so this was nice to see. While the 31-year-old is hitting just .213 with one home run and two stolen bases through 52 games, he's obviously capable of much better.
May 31 - 5:31 PM

Will Venable (foot) went 1-for-2 in his return to action Wednesday night versus the Diamondbacks.

Venable had been out for the past couple of days with a sore right foot. It was not a major concern.
May 29 - 4:06 AM

Will Venable was scratched from Monday's lineup due to a sore right foot.

Venable was hit on the foot by a Jason Hammel pitch in the first inning of Sunday's game. He remained in and finished that contest but is evidently feeling the after effects. It doesn't appear at this point that any exams will be needed, so consider Venable day-to-day.
May 26 - 8:51 PM

Will Venable went 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season in a win over the Marlins on Sunday.

Venable homered off Henderson Alvarez to lead off the bottom of the first inning. He also walked and scored twice in the game. Venable joined the rare 20/20 club last season when he hit 22 home runs, so his power outage this year has been surprising. It's a microcosm of a tough start to the year for the 31-year-old.
May 11 - 10:24 PM

Will Venable went 0-for-4 against the Diamondbacks on Friday to drop his OPS back under .500.

So many Padres hitters have been so awful that it's probably not fair to single anyone out, but who said we had to be fair? Venable has a .190 average, no homers, two RBI and a 32/5 K/BB ratio in 100 at-bats. He's even 0-for-1 as a basestealer. Venable was an excellent regular last year and has been an underrated player almost his entire career, but he's bringing a bad team down right now. If he doesn't get it together this weekend, he should lose a lot of his playing time following Carlos Quentin's return.
May 3 - 12:57 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Rene Rivera
3Adam Moore
1B1Tommy Medica
2Yonder Alonso
2B1Jedd Gyorko
SS1Everth Cabrera
2Alexi Amarista
3Ryan Jackson
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Carlos Quentin
2Rymer Liriano
CF1Will Venable
2Cameron Maybin
3Abraham Almonte
RF1Seth Smith
2Jake Goebbert
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Andrew Cashner
2Ian Kennedy
3Tyson Ross
4Eric Stults
5Odrisamer Despaigne
6Joe Wieland
7Casey Kelly
8Josh Johnson
9Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joaquin Benoit
2Kevin Quackenbush
3Dale Thayer
4Nick Vincent
5Alex Torres
6Tim Stauffer
7Blaine Boyer
8Jesse Hahn
9Robbie Erlin
10Leonel Campos
11Frank Garces
12R.J. Alvarez