Short hops

Short hops

• Outfielder Will Venable, who has a tight right oblique, continues to get better, said Black. Venable was scheduled to go through a series of baseball activities on Thursday that will determine what his next step is. He will travel with the team on Thursday night to Milwaukee for the start of a nine-game road trip.

• To make room on the 40-man roster for Thursday's starting pitcher, Marquis, the Padres moved injured shortstop Jason Bartlett to the 60-day disabled list. Barlett had been on the 15-day disabled list since May 15 with a strained right knee.