Oakland Athletics switch-pitcher Pat Venditte will be called up and join the team for their series against the Boston Red Sox. MLB.com's Jane Lee confirmed a report from Omaha, Nebraska KOZN 1620 AM-The Zone morning sports radio host Gary Sharp. Pat Venditte went to Central High School and Creighton University in Omaha. Corresponding 25- and 40-man roster moves will be announced prior to today's game against the Boston Red Sox.
Congrats to @PatVenditte headed to the show for Oakland. Full-time switch-pitchers rejoice.— Gary Sharp (@GarySharp1620) June 5, 2015
The most obvious potential move to clear space on the 40-man roster would be to transfer outfielder Coco Crisp to the 60-day disabled list, with a potential bullpen demotion for Dan Otero. Other possibilities include designating Fernando Rodriguez or Fernando Abad for assignment ahead of requesting outright waivers.
Venditte, turning 30 on June 30, was a 20th round draft selection by the New York Yankees in 2008. After his minor league control under the Yankees expired in 2014, Venditte signed with the Athletics last November on a minor league deal. Venditte has a career 2.37 ERA in minor league baseball, with a 2.64 ERA in 102⅓ Triple-A innings between Scranton (NYY) and Nashville (OAK).