The Dodgers on Thursday officially activated Ross Stripling from the 10-Day disabled list and optioned switch-pitcher Pat Venditte to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
After a stellar May and June, Stripling struggled through July as he approaches the most innings he has thrown in his professional career. The 28-year-old has already surpassed his big league career-high, hurling 104 innings in 2018. Mostly in the bullpen in 2017, Stripling only tossed 74 1⁄3innings last year in 49 appearances (two starts).
Despite a 4.73 ERA in five starts last month, the right-hander refused to give in to walks. With 30 strikeouts to just five walks in July, Stripling has struck out 119 overall against 15 walks.
Venditte didn’t appear during the series in Oakland while he was in his fifth stint with the Dodgers this year. In five games in the big leagues this season, Venditte has allowed four runs on eight hits in 4 1⁄3 innings.
The 33-year-old hasn’t appeared in a major league game since June 8.