KANSAS CITY—Before Saturday’s game against the Royals the Blue Jays announced they had traded switch pitcher Pat Venditte to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later.
While the non-waiver trade deadline was last Monday, players who clear waivers can still be traded through the end of August.
Venditte, who was claimed off waivers by the Jays last October, spent most of this season in Triple-A Buffalo, where he had a 4.37 ERA in 25 games, including two starts.
The 31-year-old Nebraskan — who is the only pitcher in baseball’s modern era to regularly throw with both arms — made just eight relief appearances for the Jays this season, pitching to 25 batters as a right-hander and 19 batters as a left-hander, while posting a 5.19 ERA.
The Mariners immediately assigned him to Triple-A Tacoma.
DONALDSON OK AFTER SCARY HBP
Josh Donaldson was dealing with a little swelling on the left side of his jaw on Saturday, but otherwise showed no ill effects of the 87 m.p.h. changeup from Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera he took off the side of his face in the ninth inning of Friday’s 4-3 win.
“I think it might have hit part of the (batting helmet’s ear) flap and part of my face at the same time,” he said before Saturday’s game.
Donaldson said his face immediately went numb, but he figured he was all right when there was no blood and he didn’t lose any teeth. Post-game concussion tests were negative, he said.
Donaldson, who is often pitched aggressively inside by most teams, said he didn’t feel there was any intent on the part of Herrera or the Royals.
“I think sometimes (pitches) just kind of get away. It’s humid here; the balls get kind of slippery ... It could be a lot worse. I’m thankful that it’s not.”
Devon Travis, who opened and closed the scoring in Friday’s 4-3 win with homers in the first and ninth innings, became the fourth player in modern major-league history to lead off a game with a home run and win a game with two-out homer in the ninth. He is also just the third Blue Jays player ever to hit both a leadoff and ninth-inning, game-winning homer in the same game — regardless of the number of outs — joining Devon White (1992) and Reed Johnson (2003).
Travis’s bookending blasts extended the Jays’ streak of solo homers to a franchise-record 15, one more than the previous record set in 2000. The Jays are the second team this season to hit 15 consecutive solo homers. The last team to hit 16 in a row was the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013. The Jays’ streak goes back to July 26 when Justin Smoak homered off San Diego’s Andrew Cashner.
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