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.
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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.