Blue Jays claim switch-pitcher Venditte off waivers from A's

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed switch-pitcher Pat Venditte off waivers from the Oakland Athletics.

The Blue Jays made the move Monday. Toronto is playing in the AL Championship Series, but Venditte is not eligible.

The 30-year-old Venditte made his major league debut this season, throwing as a left-hander and as a righty. The ambidextrous pitcher was 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 26 games.

Toronto also said infielder Darwin Barney was designated for assignment.

In another move, Oakland righty Cody Martin was claimed off waivers by Seattle. He made his big league debut this year and was 2-5 with a 7.92 ERA in 25 games for Atlanta and the A's.

The A's also released outfielder Jason Pridie so he could play in Japan and outrighted catcher Bryan Anderson to Triple-A Nashville.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.