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 Philadelphia'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.
Venable is starting in right field and batting eighth against Milwaukee on Thursday.
Venable is making his first start for the Dodgers this season after the club acquired him on Tuesday. He's likely to be a fill-in outfielder going forward given the Dodgers have Howie Kendrick and Joc Pederson playing regularly and Yasiel Puig is returning soon. However, his left-handed bat could provide him playing time as he'd be a solid matchup against right-handers.
Venable was signed by the Dodgers on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
The addition of Venable brings a much-needed left-handed bat into the Dodgers' outfield rotation. With Andre Ethier sidelined since spring training, Joc Pederson was the Dodgers' lone lefty outfielder through the opening third of the season. Venable struggled during his time with the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate earlier this season, slashing just .205/.304/.307 through 127 at-bats before opting out Friday. The Dodgers optioned Austin Barnes to Triple-A Oklahoma City to clear a roster spot for Venable.
Venable exercised the opt-out in his contract on Friday, Tom Housenick of the Allentown Morning Call reports.
Venable hit .205/.304/.307 with two home runs in 127 at-bats for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He was not going to get an opportunity with the Phillies given his poor production in the minors, so he'll try to latch on with another club looking for outfield depth.
Venable is a candidate to be promoted from the minors if the Phillies don't start getting some production from their corner outfielders, Jeff Neiburg of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Cedric Hunter and Peter Bourjos have provided little offensively thus far. Venable is hitting .150 (3-for-20) with a double in six games at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. David Lough and Darnell Sweeney are also candidates for a promotion if the Phillies decide to make a move.
Venable was assigned to minor league camp Friday, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports.
Venable posted a paltry .462 OPS this spring, and was beaten out for a roster spot by Cedric Hunter. Venable said earlier in the week he would be willing to remain with the Phillies even if he did not break camp with the big club, so his season will likely begin with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Venable said he is willing to go to Triple-A if he does not earn a roster spot with the Phillies, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Venable is competing for one of two bench spots with Cedric Hunter and Emmanuel Burriss. He has a May 1 opt out in his contract if he is not in the majors by that date.
Venable signed a minor league contract with the Phillies on Monday that includes an invitation to major league spring training, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
After failing to make the Indians 25-man roster, Venable will try again with the rebuilding Phillies. Philadelphia has been marred with outfield injuries this spring, making Venable a nice fit for them. If he makes the Opening Day roster, there's a good chance that he could platoon with Rule 5 pick Tyler Goeddel.
Venable was informed Sunday that he wouldn't make the Indians' 25-man roster and has been granted his release, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.
The superior Cactus League performance of Tyler Naquin likely ended Venable's bid for a roster spot, as both players are lefty-hitting center fielders. The 33-year-old Venable could still attract interest as a platoon outfielder for another organization.
Venable signed a minor league deal with the Indians on Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Venable, who finished last season with the Rangers, was thought to be a potential replacement for the injured Josh Hamilton in Texas, but he'll instead head to Cleveland to join GM Mike Chernoff, who was a college teammate at Princeton. The 33-year-old is coming off of a struggle-filled end to 2015, as he hit just .182 with 21 strikeouts in 82 plate appearances for the Rangers across 37 games. Venable put up a .258/.318/.378 slash line in 98 games for the Padres, however, and his career .251 average likely provides him a good chance to crack Cleveland's 25-man, Opening Day roster.
The Rangers acquired outfielder Will Venable from the Padres, the team announced on Tuesday.
In exchange, the Rangers traded catcher/outfielder Marcus Greene and a player to be named later to the Padres.
Venable was hitting .258 with six home runs and 30 RBI for the Padres. Greene was hitting .218 for Class A Hickory.
To clear a spot for Venable on the 40-man roster, the Rangers designated Michael Choice for assignment. Choice had appeared in one game for the team.
Padres center fielder Will Venable wasn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game.
Venable has started 55 games this year, including the last four. He was replaced by Melvin Upton, who made his 27th start.
Padres outfielder Will Venable was activated from the paternity list for Sunday's game against the Phillies, the team announced. Venable was on the paternity list since Wednesday. He will bat eighth and play center field.
Padres outfielder Will Venable was placed on the paternity leave list Thursday, the team announced. To take his spot on the roster, outfielder Alex Dickerson was recalled from Triple-A El Paso.
Padres centerfielder Melvin Upton isn't in Sunday's starting lineup. Upton had started the last four and six of the last seven.
Will Venable will replace Upton in center.
Padres center fielder Will Venable hit the game-clinching two-run home run in the top of the 11th inning against the Phillies on Thursday.
Venable had been 1-for-17 cominf off the bench prior to the home run, his sixth of the season.
|Minor League Batting Stats|
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|2010||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||5||14||0||1||1||0||0||0||4||8||1||0||.071||.278||.143|