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Will Venable | Outfielder

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/29/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Will Venable had a two-run double in Sunday's win over the Tigers.
After a nice 2013 season in which he hit .268 with 22 home runs, the runs batted in were Venable's first two of the new season. It was the outfielder's only hit of the day and his first hit in four games, giving him a .163 average to start the year. He's got plenty of time to turn that around, but he'll need to get going soon to retain his starting job once Cameron Maybin returns. Apr 13 - 8:06 PM

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Batting eighth for the first time since last July, Will Venable went 0-for-4 on Saturday.

That's a good way to get one of your better players going: bat him immediately in front of the pitcher so he gets nothing good to hit. Venable has struggled -- he's now 6-for-39 with just one extra-base hit -- but he deserves more rope after the way he played the last two years.
Apr 13 - 12:27 AM

Will Venable went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.

Venable's at-bat in the ninth inning was particularly ugly. He had a chance to tie the game or give the Padres the lead with runners on second and third with one out in a 2-0 game, but he flailed at a couple breaking balls in the dirt. The Padres outfielder is hitting just .207/.233/.241 with a 9/1 K/BB ratio in the early going.
Apr 9 - 2:46 PM

Will Venable is not in the Padres starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants.

Venable missed some time earlier in the week with an abdominal strain, so they're giving him an additional day of rest. Look for the dynamic outfielder to return to the lineup for Sunday's season finale.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 01:55:00 PM

Will Venable (abdomen) is back in the Padres' lineup Wednesday.

Venable hasn't played since Sunday due to an abdominal strain, but he's feeling well enough to get back out there. The outfielder sports a .268/.310/.482 batting line with 22 homers and 22 steals this season.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 06:21:00 PM

Padres manager Bud Black indicated Tuesday that he's optimistic Will Venable (abdomen) will return later this week.

It comes after he admitted Monday that Venable might not be back. "We are going to stay away from Will again today," Black said Tuesday. "We are going to see how this abdominal strain continues to progress, but we are hopeful that he will be back in there. I know that he feels as though he can help us win."
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 10:02:00 PM

Will Venable might not play again this season due to what Padres manager Bud Black refers to as an "abdominal situation."

"It's where the hip flexor meets the abdomen, he's a little sore," Black said. "We are going to keep an eye on him for the next 24, 48 hours." Black added that Venable has been nursing the ailment for "couple of weeks," though it's not clear how he suffered it. It would be an unfortunate ending to what has been a nice year for Venable, who has batted .268/.310/.482 with 22 homers and 22 steals.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 09:49:00 PM

Will Venable went 0-for-3 with a walk and his 22nd stolen base of the season in a losing effort against the Dodgers on Sunday.

Prognosticators have hyped the potential power/speed combination that Venable has possessed for years now, and he’s finally starting to deliver on that massive promise. The 30-year-old outfielder is hitting .268/.310/.482 with 22 home runs, 53 RBI and 22 swipes on the season.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 06:59:00 PM

Padres signed OF Will Venable to a two-year, $8.5 million contract extension.

The extension, which buys out Venable's final two years of arbitration, will pay him $4.25 million in both 2014 and 2015. The 30-year-old has elevated his play amidst a series of San Diego outfield injuries, slashing a career-best .273/.315/.503. Venable is hitting .351/.390/.630 with nine home runs since the All-Star break.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 01:43:00 PM

Will Venable went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

That's 20 homers for Venable, whose previous career high was 13. He's on an awesome roll of late, with four three-hit games in his last six contests and eight homers in August. He's batting .400 and slugging .760 in 100 at-bats this month.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 01:22:00 AM

Will Venable went 3-for-4 and only missed the cycle by a double in Friday's 8-6 win against the Cubs.

Venable's two-run triple in the fifth cut Chicago's lead to 6-5, and his solo seventh-inning home run gave San Diego the advantage for good, 7-6. The outfielder has been on fire this month, batting .364 with five doubles, three triples, six homers and 11 RBI in 77 August at-bats. Venable saw a 15-game hitting streak snap on Monday against the Pirates, but he's hit safely in all three games since. His appetizing combo of power and speed is playable in mixed leagues whenever he catches fire.
Sat, Aug 24, 2013 02:42:00 PM

Will Venable went 4-for-5 with a steal and three runs scored Saturday versus the Mets.

Venable is batting .382 with four homers and four steals during his current 14-game hitting streak. It probably won't last for much longer, but he can be useful in mixed leagues while he's leading off and stealing bases.
Sun, Aug 18, 2013 01:13:00 AM

Will Venable went 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win against the Reds.

A promising night for a batter still sitting on a terrible .290 on-base percentage. Venable is batting only .245, but he's been a cheap source of speed and power in NL-only leagues. He's on pace for 18 homers and 14 steals in 423 at-bats.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 01:54:00 AM

Will Venable went 3-for-5 with a home run in a win over the Brewers on Tuesday.

Venable hit a solo shot off starter Donovan Hand and also added a single on the night, scoring twice. The outfielder now has a .232/.276/.430 line with 12 homers and nine steals in 93 games.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 12:02:00 AM

Will Venable (hamstring) is expected back in the lineup on Thursday.

Venable probably could have started Wednesday if he needed to, but with the Red Sox throwing left Jon Lester, it made sense to give him one more day. "Will's doing much better, he's much improved," said Padres manager Bud Black Wednesday. "You might see him tonight in some capacity."
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 08:34:00 PM

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LF1Carlos Quentin
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