Update: The A’s made a series of roster moves including calling up Venditte. Pitcher Brad Mills was designated for assignment. Pitcher Aaron Brooks was optioned to Triple-A Nashville, and pitcher Dan Otero was recalled from Nashville.
CSN Bay Area’s Joe Stiglich reports that the Athletics are expected to recall ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte from Triple-A Nashville ahead of Saturday night’s game against the Orioles.
Venditte went on the disabled list on June 12 due to a strained right shoulder. He was activated on August 3, but was optioned to Triple-A. Prior to the injury, he had made four relief appearances at the major league level for the Athletics, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings on a hit and two walks with four strikeouts.
In the midst of a four-game losing streak, the Athletics’ bullpen has been taxed lately, prompting Venditte’s call-up. Starter Brad Mills lasted only five innings on Friday, Aaron Brooks went 1 2/3 innings on Wednesday, and Kendall Graveman went 4 2/3 innings on Tuesday.
The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook.
Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016, turning in a 2.96 ERA, 4.3 BB/9 and 11.5 SO/9 in 48 2/3 innings. The right-hander is still several levels away from making any impact on the Rays’ major league roster, but appears to be progressing steadily in two seasons of pro ball and has delivered two runs, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his first 11 2/3 innings at High-A Lakeland this season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he’ll be reassigned to the Rays’ High-A Charlotte this week.
The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.
Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.
Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.