{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Venable runs in outfield to test sore hammy

Venable runs in outfield to test sore hammy

|
Venable runs in outfield to test sore hammy

BOSTON -- Outfielder Will Venable hopes to return to the Padres' starting lineup on Thursday after being sidelined for two games with a sore left hamstring.

Venable tested the hamstring 3 1/2 hours before Wednesday's game against the Red Sox by running in the outfield as first-base coach Dave Roberts, who is in charge of the outfielders, watched.

"I feel fine," Venable said.

Venable missed Monday's series finale in Miami and then didn't play in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Red Sox, as the team wanted to steer clear of using him to give the hamstring extra rest.

It appears that tactic worked, and just in time, as starting on Thursday, the Padres will face three right-handed pitchers in their next four games.

"Will's doing much better, he's much improved," said Padres manager Bud Black. "You might see him tonight in some capacity."

Venable said the injury happened on Saturday against the Marlins when he tripled to lead off the fifth inning. Well, at least that's when he thinks it occurred.

"It was weird, because the triple the second day in Miami, I was coming around second and I stumbled a little awkwardly. Because Miami is so humid, I didn't feel anything [immediately]. Then in the middle of the night, it felt tight."

Venable played most of the game on Sunday even though his hamstring wasn't 100 percent. He left the game in the eighth inning when Chris Denorfia pinch-hit for him.

"I didn't feel great and I was putting my team at risk," Venable said.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español