Venable was designated for assignment Thursday. Venable's time with the Dodgers appears to have run its course after the veteran struggled to make a difference as a left-handed bat off the bench. He slashed just .056/.105/.111 with five strikeouts in 18 at-bats this season before being DFA'd on Thursday. He'll now be subject to waivers and could be picked up by a team looking to add a left-handed bat.
Venable was called up by the Dodgers on Friday. His decision to accept an outright assignment paid off as Venable is back with the team, replacing Joc Pederson (shoulder) on the roster, just a little over a week after being designated for assignment. Venable went 20/20 as recently as 2013 but went 1-for-10 with the Dodgers earlier this season and it's hard to imagine he'll play enough to gain any relevance in mixed leagues.
Venable was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Designated for assignment on Friday, Venable went unclaimed during his waiver period and will stay with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate. Prior to being signed by Los Angeles on June 14, the 33-year-old spent time with Philadephia's minor league club, Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he slashed .205/.304/.307 over 41 games.
Venable was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Friday. His tenure with the Dodgers lasted less than two weeks, with Venable totaling 10 at-bats over the course of six games. Venable was a 20-20 player just three years ago, and while the skills have diminished as he approaches his mid-30s, he should still have some suitors on the open market assuming he elects free agency.
Venable is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers. The recently acquired Venable draws the day off Saturday after making two consecutive starts in right field for the Dodgers. Trayce Thompson will slide over to right while Enrique Hernandez takes over in left field Saturday. Venable figures to see semi-regular at-bats against right-handed pitching moving forward, but the veteran is unlikely to carve out an everyday role.
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