The Toronto Blue Jays are going back to an eight-man bullpen
Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte has been recalled once again, returning the Jays to an eight-man bullpen.
Appearing in five games for the Blue Jays this season, the 26-year-old Dominguez is 0-for-11 at the major league level with one walk. With the triple-A Buffalo Bisons he’d been coming on strong as of late, hitting .287 with five home runs and 28 RBIs. Much of his value lies in his defensive abilities at third base, but with some pop, he could appeal to a team in need.
Venditte resurfaces again with Toronto as he and Ryan Tepera continue to rack up the frequent flyer miles. He has pitched six and two-thirds innings for the Blue Jays this season, allowing nine hits and three earned runs.
With the Bisons, Venditte hasn’t gotten a great deal of work in either. He has thrown 13 innings in the International League, earning a 4.15 ERA but striking out a whopping 23 batters.
Manager John Gibbons had originally stated that the Blue Jays would remain with an eight-man ‘pen until the return of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, so that appears to be what is likeliest at this point. Tulowitzki is not expected to need any additional time beyond his 15 scheduled days on the disabled list.