Venditte out until mid-2013 following shoulder surgery

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Via Jim Callis, switch-pitcher Pat Venditte will be out until the middle of next season after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. We first heard about the tear back in late-May, but at the time he was still deciding between rehab and surgery.

Venditte, 27, has always been more of performance guy than an actual prospect. His minor league numbers — 2.30 ERA with 10.3 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 277.2 relief innings — are as good as it gets, but the stuff from both sides is very underwhelming. Callis provides an updated scouting report, though the right-handed half is subject to change following the surgery. Venditte will be eligible for minor league free agency after the 2014 season by my unofficial count.

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  • jjyank

    I want him to make the majors just so I can see what happens when he faces a switch hitter.

    • chriskeo

      I think they made a rule to fix that, not sure exactly how it works, but I assume its gone smoothly since he faced switch hitters in the minors.

      • vicki

        hitter has the advantage, gets to choose last. the pat venditte rule.

      • Laz

        When facing a switch hitter the pitcher must declare what arm he is going to pitch with. I would assume it would probably come down to joe deciding which split is better.

    • teva

      I just want him to make the majors so ‘Switch Pitcher’ is forced to become an option in baseball games

      • teva

        video games*

  • RetroRob

    I thought he was considered more passable as a lefty since that’s the more forgiving side.

    I wonder if there’s any chance he can pitch just as a lefty while his right shoulder is still on the mend.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’m guessing anything that’s not really physical therapy could be seen as potentially impeding his recovery time or a risk.

  • Better off Eddard

    Girardi doesn’t care how good his stuff is. If Joe gets this guy in his bullpen he’ll set a record for most relief appearances in a season. Joe would still be able to set up his binder matchups but wouldn’t even need to walk to the mound.

    • Anthony

      oh boy…. lol

    • Robinson Tilapia

      The part where everyone thinks he’s, at best, a AAAA guy must not carry the same weight in Eddardville.

  • TCMiller30

    Is that his throwing shoulder?

    (See what I did there?!?!?)

  • Bob Buttons

    While it isn’t good news to hear a guy get hurt, it’s nice to know that now there’s much less chance of him getting drafted in rule 5, if there was a moderate chance before.