Athletics place switch pitcher Pat Venditte on disabled list

Baseball The Oakland staff will be without its secret weapon for at least the next two weeks, as the Athletics placed switch pitcher Pat Venditte on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.The  ambidextrous pitcher appeared in four games after he was called up from Triple-A Nashville on June 5, allowing just one hit in 5 2/3 shutout innings.  MORE: 's all-time strikeout leaders | Craziest ballpark foodVendi

tte signed a minor-league contract with the A's in November and posted a 1.36 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 33 innings in Triple-A before getting the nod .  Major League Baseball needed to add a rule to accommodate Venditte, whom the A's call a "switch-handed pitcher." He has to declare before each batter which arm he's going to use to pitch to that hitter, and he has to stay on that side the entire at-bat.Using a specially modified glove, Venditte was the first ambidextrous pitcher to throw in the big leagues since Greg Harris in 1995. He's the first one to do it on a full-time basis.With the open roster spot, the A's recalled pitcher Arnold Leon from Triple-A Nashville.

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