The Blue Jays call up switch-pitcher Pat Venditte

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The Toronto Blue Jays just announced that they have called up reliever Pat Venditte from Triple-A. You may recall that, last fall, Toronto signed him to a contract after claiming him off waivers from Oakland.

Venditte was no great shakes in the bigs in his first season last year, posting a 4.40 ERA in 28 and two-thirds innings while striking out 23 and walking 12. But he’s always going to draw attention, even when being called up to fill some middle relief/cannon-fodder role given that he’s ambidextrous and throws with each arm. As we’ve noted in the past, if only he threw with each of them or even one of them a bit better, he’d have a better chance to stick someplace. For now, though, he’s fun.

Toronto Blue Jays' Pat Venditte pitches to the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Friday, March 25, 2016, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Toronto Blue Jays’ Pat Venditte pitches to the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Friday, March 25, 2016, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)