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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Venditte and one more coming up; Arizona Fall League rosters announced

As I wrote in this column five days ago, the September call-ups have made ripples throughout the Yankees system, including the promotion of switch-pitcher Pat Venditte to the Thunder.

The promotion was confirmed to The Trentonian by Mark Newman, the Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations Mark Newman. There's one other pitcher coming north, most likely Jonathan Ortiz, but Newman wasn't ready to reveal that information just yet.

The pitchers replace relievers George Kontos and John Van Benschoten, who were out of the clubhouse yesterday.

With Tampa, Venditte finishes with a 4-1 record, a 1.63 ERA and an astonishing 47 hits in 71 2/3 innings. If Ortiz is the final call-up, he'll finish his time in the Florida State League with a 6-1 record, a 2.39 ERA and 57 strikeouts.


Also, Arizona Fall League rosters were announced before yesterday's game. Four current or former Thunder players made the cut, including catcher Austin Romine, third baseman Brandon Laird, second baseman Corban Joseph and Kontos. Tampa starter Craig Heyer also made the cut.

Those five will play on the Phoenix Desert Dogs, which will be managed by Yankees legend Don Mattingly.

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