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Dodgers call up Pat Venditte, option Brock Stewart

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MLB: Spring Training-Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers on Saturday called up switch pitcher Pat Venditte from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned Brock Stewart to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Venditte, the Dodgers transferred Corey Seager to the 60-day disabled list. Seager had Tommy John surgery on May 4 and is out for the season.

Starting lineups

Pos Reds Pos Dodgers
Pos Reds Pos Dodgers
RF Winker (L) 2B Utley (L)
SS Peraza LF Pederson (L)
1B Votto (L) RF Kemp
2B Gennett (L) 1B Bellinger (L)
3B Suarez SS Taylor
CF Schebler (L) 3B Muncy (L)
C Barnhart (S) CF Hernandez
LF Duvall C Barnes
P Bailey P Stripling
Time: 6:10 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network (7 p.m.)

Venditte has been effective with Oklahoma City, posting a 1.53 ERA in 15 appearances, with 19 strikeouts and six walks in 17⅔ innings. Opposing batters are hitting .167/.239/.200 against him.

Venditte’s last nine outings have been scoreless, with 15 strikeouts and one walk in 12⅓ innings. He last pitched on Tuesday, tossing a perfect inning against Memphis.

Right-handed batters are just 5-for-44 (.144) against the switch-pitcher this season, with 14 strikeouts and six walks. Venditte will wear number 43 with the Dodgers, after wearing 41 as a non-roster invitee during spring training.

Venditte has two option years remaining, having used one in 2016. He is the third non-roster invitee to get called up to the Dodgers this season, joining pitcher Zach Neal and infielder Max Muncy.

Stewart has a 3.18 ERA in three relief appearances in the majors this season, including three innings with one run allowed on Friday night. He has been optioned to Triple-A after all three of his MLB games this season.

If Venditte gets into a game, he will be the 16th pitcher used in relief this season by the Dodgers, who used 22 relief pitchers all of 2017.