Dodgers call up switch-pitcher Venditte

Righty Stewart optioned to Triple-A; Seager moved to 60-day DL

May 12th, 2018

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday selected the contract of ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned right-handed pitcher to the OKC Dodgers. 
"He's two pitchers in one," manager Dave Roberts said of Venditte, who had a 1.53 ERA in 15 appearances for OKC after a 1.59 ERA in Spring Training. "He has more velocity from the right side, the left side he can spin the baseball. He attacks. The stuff is not, as far as velocity, but he's on the attack. We have two extra guys in the 'pen with him being here." 

Venditte, 32, also struck out 19 batters against six walks in 17 2/3 innings and posted a 0.91 WHIP at OKC. The switch-pitcher was a non-roster invitee in this year's camp with the Dodgers and appeared in 10 Cactus League games, allowing just two runs over 11 1/3 innings of relief (1.59 ERA) and striking out 14 against just three walks, while holding hitters to a .167 average. 
The Omaha, Neb., native is in his 11th professional season and his first year with the Dodgers after spending the past year with the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He spent the entire 2017 campaign with the Phillies' Triple-A Lehigh Valley, going 9-5 with two saves and posting a 3.36 ERA (26 ER/69.2 IP) in 52 relief appearances. Venditte has appeared in 41 career big league games over two seasons with the Athletics (2015), Blue Jays (2016) and Mariners (2016), going 2-2 with a 4.97 ERA and striking out 42 batters against 23 walks in 50.2 innings. He has held big league hitters to a .241 career average, including limiting left-handed batters to a .185 mark. Following his Major League debut on June 5, 2015, he became the first ambidextrous player to play in the big leagues since Greg Harris on September 28, 1995. 
Venditte was originally selected by the Yankees in the 20th round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of Creighton University. 
Stewart, 26, pitched in last night's contest against the Reds, allowing just one run on one hit with two strikeouts over three relief innings. In three games this season with Los Angeles, he has posted a 3.18 ERA (2 ER/5.2 IP) and has held the opposition to a .238 average. 
In order to create room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers transferred shortstop to the 60-day disabled list (right UCL surgery).