Will Venable CF/RF SD 3 Days

Venable is not in the lineup Tuesday.

Abraham Almonte will patrol center field, and while Almonte is a lesser player, Venable hasn't done enough in the first four-plus months of the season to be assured a regular spot in the order.

Will Venable CF/RF SD 6 Days

Venable is out of the lineup Saturday against the Cardinals.

Venable sat twice earlier in the week against lefties and will head back to the bench Saturday, this time with a right-hander (Shelby Miller) on the hill for the opposition. Abraham Almonte will cover center field with Yangervis Solarte leading off.

Will Venable CF/RF SD 9 Days

Venable is out of the lineup for the second straight day Wednesday against the Rockies, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Although Venable is sitting for the second game in a row, it's likely due to the fact that the Padres are once again facing a left-handed pitcher. Abraham Almonte will take over in center field, in what's starting to look more and more like a platoon situation.

Will Venable CF/RF SD 10 Days

Venable is out of the Padres' lineup Tuesday against the Rockies.

With lefty Yohan Flande on the hill for Colorado, Venable will turn center field over to Abraham Almonte for the second time in four games. It looks like the two may be deployed in a platoon moving forward, with the lefty-swinging Venable still seeing the lion's share of the starts.

Will Venable CF/RF SD 13 Days

Venable is out of the lineup Saturday against the Pirates.

Manager Bud Black has rid his lineup of lefty bats against southpaw Francisco Liriano, spelling Venable with Abraham Almonte in center field. Venable got off to a great start this month, recording multiple hits in each of his first four games, and he will likely continue to see near-everyday time moving forward.

Will Venable CF/RF SD 2 Months

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.

Will Venable CF/RF SD 3 Months

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.

Will Venable CF/RF SD 3 Months

Will Venable returned to action on Wednesday May 28.

Will Venable CF/RF SD 3 Months

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.

Will Venable CF/RF SD 3 Months

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.