The Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday, optioning right-hander Brock Stewart to OKC in a corresponding move.
Venditte, 32, is recognized as baseball’s only active switch-pitcher. He joined the Dodgers on a minor league contract with a spring invite during the offseason.
Venditte made his major league debut as a member of the Oakland Athletics in 2015, becoming the first ambidextrous pitcher to play in the big leagues since Greg Harris on Sept. 28, 1995. He last pitched in the majors with the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners in 2016 and has a 4.97 career ERA in 41 big league appearances.
He had a 1.53 ERA in 15 appearances with Oklahoma City to begin this season.
Due to Venditte’s ability to throw with each hand, Major League Baseball created a rule, referred to as the “Pat Venditte Rule,” which states an ambidextrous pitcher must declare which hand he use to pitch to a batter prior to the start of the at-bat. The pitcher must use that hand only for the remainder of the at-bat.
Stewart, 26, has a 3.18 ERA in three appearances with the Dodgers this season. He pitched Friday, allowing one run in three innings.
To make room for Venditte on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers transferred shortstop Corey Seager to the 60-day disabled list. Seager is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.