Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Pat Venditte Returns To Trenton Slade Heathcott Hits DL

The Trenton Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced Tuesday that switch-handed pitcher Pat Venditte has been promoted to the team from Class A-Advanced Tampa.  

Outfielder Slade Heathcott has been placed on the team's disabled list with right knee tendinopathy.  RHP David Herndon has been promoted to Triple-A Scranton.

Venditte, 28, pitched in 51 games for the Thunder in 2011 and went 3-7 with a 3.40 ERA in 90 innings of work.  He has been working his way back from right shoulder surgery performed in 2012 after making only seven appearances with Scranton.  In 13 games pitched this season between the GCL and Tampa Yankees, Venditte is 0-2 with a 3.12 ERA.

Venditte is the only active ambidextrous pitcher in baseball.  Because of his recent shoulder operation, he will not always alternate pitching arms during his appearances but is still expected to switch-pitch on occasion.

Heathcott has played in 103 games this season and batted .261 with eight home runs and 49 RBI (each tied for second-most on the team). Rated preseason as the #2 prospect in the Yankees system by Baseball America, Heathcott has batted. 308 his last 37 games played with 18 RBI.


Being posted with permission from the Trenton Thunder organization. 

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