For most of his eight-year minor league career Pat Venditte has been viewed as a novelty, because he throws both right-handed and left-handed as a rare switch-pitcher.
However, lost in the intrigue is that Venditte has actually been a really effective reliever in the minors, posting a 2.37 ERA with 464 strikeouts in 418 career innings. That includes a 1.36 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 33 innings at Triple-A for the A’s this season and now Oakland has decided to give him a shot in the big leagues.
Venditte is 29 years old, so expectations should be held in check, but fans should be rooting for him to stick in the majors and have some success if only for a chance to actually watch him pitch.
Out since April 24 with a hamstring injury followed by multiple setbacks, Yasiel Puig is now on the verge of rejoining the Dodgers.
Puig went 2-for-4 with a double off the wall in a minor-league rehab game Thursday at Single-A and George Alfano of MLB.com reports that he “hopes to be back with the Dodgers this weekend.”
Puig specifically mentioned wanting to come off the disabled list for Saturday’s game, but added that it’s not his decision and it’s possible the Dodgers will want to play things a little safe to avoid another setback.
Also of note: Puig revealed that his hamstring is still “not 100 percent now, but it felt comfortable.”
Rangers minor leaguer Travis Demeritte, the 30th overall pick in the 2013 draft, has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for the diuretic/masking agent Furosemide.
Demeritte was playing at low Single-A for a second straight season, hitting .241 with five homers and a .755 OPS in 48 games as a 20-year-old second baseman.
Demeritte was drafted as a shortstop out of high school and signed with the Rangers for $1.9 million.