Cubs' Herrera prepared for ambidextrous face-off

Infielder not fazed by Oakland's switch-pitcher Venditte

Cubs' Herrera prepared for ambidextrous face-off

LAS VEGAS -- The Cubs had their second look at Oakland's switch-pitcher Pat Venditte on Friday, but Jonathan Herrera was ready. Herrera, who is a switch-hitter, had seen Venditte pitch in Venezuela this winter.

Venditte was pitching the eighth, his second inning of work, and indicated he was going to throw left-handed to Herrera. The rule is that the pitcher has to declare, then the hitter gets to make an adjustment.

"I knew him from Venezuela," Herrera said. "I didn't face him there, but I saw the rule then. It's kind of weird -- you don't see pitchers like that. He just has to say what side he wants to throw."

Dexter Fowler, also a switch-hitter, was a little confused when he saw Venditte in a game in Mesa this spring.

"I was ready to go to the right," Herrera said Saturday. "It's weird [to see Venditte], but it's funny at the same time."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.