Will Venable CF/RF SD 3 Hrs

Venable is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Phillies.

There hasn't been any word of a setback with Venable's back strain, so the team likely just doesn't want to push its luck with the 31-year-old outfielder. He missed two starts due to the injury but went 1-for-5 with two walks in the first two games of the Phillies series.

Will Venable CF/RF SD 1 Day

Venable (back) went 0-for-1 with a strikeout and two walks in his return to the lineup Monday.

The back strain cost Venable close to a week, but he returned Monday and will now look to finishing his disappointing 2014 campaign (.221/.290/.317) on a high notes. He should continue seeing at least semi-regular time over the final two weeks, between right field and center.

Will Venable CF/RF SD 3 Days

Venable (back) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks, according to Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Venable will not start again Sunday as he continues to deal with a sore back. It remains to be seen when he will be able to play next.

Will Venable CF/RF SD 4 Days

Venable (back) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

Venable will miss a second straight start due to a back strain and his availability off the bench is uncertain. He remains merely day-to-day ahead of Sunday's series finale.

Will Venable CF/RF SD 5 Days

Venable (back) is out of the lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks.

A back strain, suffered during Wednesday's game, will keep Venable from Friday's tilt and it's uncertain whether he'll be available in any capacity Saturday. Cameron Maybin will draw the start in center field with both Venable and Abraham Almonte (soreness) ailing.

Will Venable CF/RF SD 7 Days

Venable left Wednesday's game against the Dodgers with a back strain, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The extent of the injury is uncertain, but expect an update on Venable's status as more details become available.

Will Venable CF/RF SD 12 Days

Venable is out of the lineup Friday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

At this point in the season, Venable is starting roughly half the Padres' games, and given his general lack of productivity, he won't be much use in shallower fantasy leagues down the stretch.

Will Venable CF/RF SD 15 Days

Venable is out of the lineup Tuesday, the Union-Tribune's Jeff Sanders reports.

Rymer Liriano will start in right field, and Venable's playing time will likely be spotty down the stretch, as the Padres try to get the younger players more at-bats.

Will Venable CF/RF SD 25 Days

Venable is out of the lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

Saturday's absence will mark Venable's fifth in the team's last seven games, and it looks like his playing time will continue to be sporadic with Abraham Almonte and Cameron Maybin both factoring in at center field. While Venable may not be beating down the door for more time, he is batting a healthy .279/.361/.430 since the All-Star break.

Will Venable CF/RF SD 29 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.