OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's placed switch-pitcher Pat Venditte on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 11 with a strained right shoulder, the club announced today. To take his spot on the roster, the A's recalled right-handed pitcher Arnold Leon from Triple-A Nashville.
Venditte was selected from Nashville June 5 and made his Major League debut that night at Boston with 2.0 scoreless innings. He became the first switch-pitcher to appear in a Major League game since Greg Harris on Sept. 28, 1995. Venditte did not allow a run in four games and 5.2 innings with the A's.
Leon joins Oakland for the third time this year and has a 5.06 ERA in five relief appearances in his Major League debut. He appeared in one game during his first stay from April 22 to 23 and made four appearances during his second stint from May 20 to June 3. The 26-year-old right-hander made one relief appearance following his option on June 4 against Salt Lake, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings. Leon is 0-3 with a 3.93 ERA in seven games, six starts, overall for the Sounds.