Padres to call up Geer, Venable

Will Venable

MadFriars.com has learned that the San Diego Padres will purchase the contracts of right-hander Josh Geer and outfielder Will Venable. Venable, who was scratched from Portland's lineup on Thursday, will replace Scott Hairston, who is headed to the disabled list, on the roster. Geer is expected to start this weekend.

After winning the Texas League Pitcher of the Year last season with Double-A San Antonio, Josh Geer has gone 8-9 with a 4.54 ERA across 28 games, including 27 starts, for Triple-A Portland. The right-hander has logged 166.2 innings, giving up 187 hits and 45 walks while striking out 107.

Geer has surrendered 22 homers on the season while also netting 20 double play grounders, as the opposition has hit .285 off him.

Geer is expected to start on Saturday and the announcement of the move could wait until then.

Will Venable was hitting .292 across 120 games with the Beavers, collecting 26 doubles, four triples and 14 homers. The outfielder, who has spent the majority of his time in centerfield, also scored 70 runs with 58 RBIs.

Venable has drawn 44 walks compared to 103 strikeouts on the season while stealing seven bases in 10 attempts. He is a .304 hitter of right-handed pitching.

He had been talked about as a September call-up, but his timetable was moved up with the injury to Scott Hairston.

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