PHILLIES ADD WILL VENABLE TO INJURY-PLAGUED OUTFIELD

By Sam Bush

Phillies general manager Matt Klentak has moved quickly to shore up the team’s injury-plagued outfield by signing Will Venable to a minor league contract a day after he was released by the Cleveland Indians.

Venable’s was expected to play today against the New York Yankees.

”We’ll just see what we’ve got,” manager Pete Mackanin said. ”We’re anxious to see what he looks like. I’ve seen him the past … I know he’s a good outfielder, he’s got power, and he can run. We’ll just give him three or four games to see what he looks like.”

Venable signed a week before the Phillies open the season. They lost right fielder Aaron Altherr for up to six months with a wrist injury and left fielder Cody Asche is set to begin the season on the disabled list with a right oblique strain.

The 33-year-old Venable hit .244 with six home runs in 135 games with San Diego and Texas last season.

Venable asked for his release from Cleveland after being told he wouldn’t make the opening day roster.

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