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Dodgers option Pat Venditte to Triple-A

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MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers on Thursday optioned pitcher Pat Venditte back to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room on the active roster for Clayton Kershaw, who was activated off the disabled list to start the series finale against the Phillies.

Venditte has allowed three runs on five hits in his 3⅔ innings, over four appearances in his three major league stints this season, with four strikeouts and no walks. He allowed a run in the ninth inning on Wednesday night after getting recalled earlier in the day when Chase Utley was placed on the disabled list.

Venditte’s outing featured two straight plate appearances against switch hitters, with Venditte having to declare the hand he would use before each encounter. He chose to pitch left-handed against Andrew Knapp, then pitched right-handed against Cesar Hernandez. Both singled.

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The Phillies made a couple roster moves before the series finale at Dodger Stadium, recalling outfielder Dylan Cozens and pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Rhys Hoskins landed on the 10-day DL with a broken jaw, and Drew Hutchison was designated for assignment.