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 owners meetings are going on in Arlington, Texas right now and something unusual is happening: the owners are using police to shield them from reporters seeking comment.
Chandler Rome, the Astros beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, attempted to talk to Astros owner Jim Crane at the hotel in which the meetings are taking place. Which makes sense because, duh, Rome covers the Astros and, if you haven’t noticed, the Astros are in the news lately.
Here’s how it went:
This was confirmed by other reporters:
To be clear: this is a radically different way things have ever been handled at MLB meetings of any kind. Reporters — who are credentialed specifically for these meetings at this location, they’re not just showing up — approach the GMs or the owners or whoever as they walk in the public parts of the hotel in which they’re held or in the areas designated for press conferences. It’s not contentious. Usually the figures of interest will stop and talk a bit then move on. If they don’t want to talk they just keep walking, often offering apologies or an excuse about being late for something and say they’ll be available later. It’s chill as far as reporters vs. the powerful tend to go.
But apparently not today. Not at the owners meetings. Now police — who are apparently off duty on contract security, but armed and in full official uniform — are shielding The Lords of Baseball from scrutiny.
We live in interesting times.