BALTIMORE - The Oakland A's recalled right-handed pitcher Dan Otero and switch-handed pitcher Pat Venditte from Triple-A Nashville and optioned right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks to Nashville, the club announced today. They also designated left-handed pitcher Brad Mills for assignment.
Otero rejoins the A's for his third stint with the club this season. He has posted a 2-4 record with a 5.79 ERA in 29 games with Oakland this season. He has allowed a .318 opponents batting average in the majors this season, including a .367 mark against right-handers and a .277 average against lefties. Over his last nine games and 17.0 innings with Nashville dating back to June 19, he has not allowed an earned run while striking out 17 and walking two.
This will be Venditte's second stint with Oakland this year. He made his Major League debut with the A's on June 5 at Boston, tossing two scoreless innings and becoming the first switch-pitcher to appear in a big league game since Greg Harris on Sept. 28, 1995. Venditte has yet to allow a run over four appearances and 5.2 innings with Oakland. In Triple-A this season, right-handers are hitting .220 against him and lefties are hitting .130.
He was placed on the disabled list on June 11 with a strained right shoulder and missed 45 games before being reinstated and optioned to Triple-A on Aug. 3.
Brooks was acquired along with minor league left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea for Ben Zobrist and cash on July 28, 2015, and made three starts and one relief appearance with the A's, going 1-1 with a 6.19 ERA.
Mills was selected yesterday from Triple-A Nashville and tossed five innings and allowing three earned runs in a no decision against the Orioles.
The complete 2015 statistics for Otero and Venditte follow.