The Oakland A’s have placed Major League Baseball’s first and only full-time switch-pitcher Pat Venditte on the 15-day disabled list Friday. The righty-lefty has a right shoulder strain.
#Athletics place Pat Venditte on the 15-day DL with a strained right shoulder; recall Arnold from Nashville.
— #VoteGreenCollar (@Athletics) June 12, 2015
This comes just one week after the 29-year-old, who had toiled in the New York Yankees minor league system for seven seasons before signing with Oakland and spending the first two months of the season with their Triple-A affiliate in Nashville, was finally called up to the big leagues for the first time in his career.
It’s a huge blow to the A’s already ailing and struggling bullpen. The A’s bullpen has been one of the two major sources for the team’s high number in the loss column this season.
A’s regular closer Sean Doolittle started the season on the disabled list having had a slight tear in his rotator cuff that was discovered over the off-season, came back to make one scoreless appearance for the team and was back on the disabled list just a few days later. Currently, Doolittle is out indefinitely with a left shoulder strain.
Venditte has always looked promising. From his numbers in the minor leagues where over seven-plus seasons he averaged 10 strike outs per nine innings to his numbers so far in the last week with Oakland.
In four appearances for the A’s Venditte has pitched 5.2 innings allowing one hit and two walks while striking out four batters. He has not allowed a run in the Majors.
He’s been a huge addition to the bullpen in the short time he’s been there. Venditte added the solid, quality stability that the A’s bullpen sorely needed.
He can pitch more innings than the average pitcher since he pitches with both arms, changing arms accordingly to match up with each individual batter. When he was coming into the game there was never felt like there was anything to worry about.
To take Venditte’s spot on the roster the A’s have re-called RHP Arnold Leon.
Truly a disappointing day for the Oakland Athletics, their fans and the rest of the baseball community. While other teams may not have wanted to face him, even they wanted to see baseball’s first switch-pitcher in the flesh.
The A’s can only hope that Venditte will not be out any longer than 15 days. The bullpen desperately needs him.