Nieves received a $100K retention bonus from the Padres on Tuesday, allowing the team to wait until Sunday to decide whether or not it will carry him on the Opening Day roster, the Union-Tribune reports.
Venable is batting .227 this spring with 13 strikeouts and five walks in 44 at-bats. He has added one home run, four doubles, and five RBI. The Union-Tribune reports that Venable is a likely candidate to be a backup outfielder on the Padres' Opening Day roster.
Lane made his second start of the spring Wednesday and allowed seven runs on nine hits over four innings of work. He gave up three home runs in the outing, pushing his home run total this spring to five.
Middlebrooks, who has played exclusively at third base this spring, appears to have the inside track to winning the starting third base job while Yangervis Solarte is more likely to assume a utility role, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.