Venditte makes the majors

In this photo combo, New York Yankees minor league pitcher Pat Venditte, left,throws right-handed, and at right, throws left-handed during the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, March 30, 2010 in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Pat Venditte, the switch-pitcher who played his first full professional baseball season with the Charleston RiverDogs, was promoted to the majors Friday when the Oakland A’s called him up from triple-A Nashville.

Venditte, 29, has a 1.36 earned run average this season in 33 innings of relief for Nashville.

The Creighton University graduate has spent eight years in the minors since the New York Yankees picked him in the 45th round of the 2007 draft. Venditte (Ven-debt-ee) went 2-2 with a 1.47 ERA in 30.2 innings for the 2009 RiverDogs.