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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
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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

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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

Will Venable's struggles continued in Saturday's loss to the Nationals, going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.

In Venable's defense, no one on the Padres could do anything against Tanner Roark who was terrific on the other side. The 31-year-old outfielder is hitting just .200/.227/.271 with no homers and two RBI in his first 25 games.
Apr 26 - 3:29 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Rene Rivera
1B1Yonder Alonso
2Tommy Medica
2B1Jedd Gyorko
SS1Everth Cabrera
2Alexi Amarista
3B1Chris Nelson
2Yangervis Solarte
LF1Carlos Quentin
2Rymer Liriano
CF1Will Venable
2Cameron Maybin
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
7Troy Patton
8Blaine Boyer
9Frank Garces