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Dodgers sign former Padres outfielder Will Venable to aid bench

Dodgers sign former Padres outfielder Will Venable to aid bench

In pursuit of a left-handed hitter for the bench, the Dodgers signed former San Diego Padres outfielder Will Venable and activated him before Tuesday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Philadelphia Phillies released Venable, 33, three days ago after he hit .205 for the organization’s triple-A affiliate. Venable finished 2015 with a .710 on-base-plus-slugging percentage against right-handed pitchers while playing for San Diego and Texas.

Roberts coached Venable from 2010 to 2015 with the Padres. He vouched for Venable’s ability to aid his current club as a late-game defender, pinch-runner or occasional starter against right-handed...

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