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Dodgers sign switch-pitcher Pat Venditte to a minor league deal


SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that the Dodgers have signed switch-pitcher Pat Venditte to a minor league deal.

Venditte, 32, spent the 2017 season entirely at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, the affiliate of the Phillies. He pitched 69 2/3 innings, accruing a 3.36 ERA with a 69/36 K/BB ratio.

Venditte pitched in the majors briefly in 2015-16. He has a career 4.97 ERA in 50 2/3 innings in the big leagues. Though his ability to pitch with either hand is interesting, it’s unlikely he occupies any role of importance with the Dodgers. He will simply serve as bullpen depth.

Jason Vargas fractured his non-pitching hand

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Mets left-hander Jason Vargas has a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, the team announced Sunday. Vargas sustained the injury after taking a comebacker off of his hand on Friday and is expected to consult with a hand specialist later today as the team settles on a course of action. Comments from GM Sandy Alderson indicate that surgery is a possibility, though the left-hander may also pitch through it for the time being.

Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the team last month. He completed a four-year run with the Royals in 2017, earning his first career All-Star nomination with an 18-11 record in 32 starts and producing a 4.16 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.7 SO/9 over 179 2/3 innings. Prior to the incident, the southpaw was expected to help fill out the back end of the Mets’ Opening Day rotation.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News estimates that Vargas will likely miss the start of the season as he faces a two- to six-week recovery period. It’s a disappointing turn of events for a pitching staff that has been absolutely ravaged by injuries over the last couple of years.