Assigned to the Yanks’ affiliate on Staten Island, Venditte’s debut in Brooklyn against the Cyclones last night didn’t disappoint, especially in terms of entertainment value. After starting the ninth by getting two ground-ball outs and allowing a single — all throwing right-handed — Venditte switched his glove to his right hand in anticipation of Ralph Henriquez, a switch-hitter who’d swung left-handed while on deck. But Henriquez stepped into the right-handed batter’s box, so Venditte switched his glove again. Henriquez then switched sides, and Venditte did the same.
And again, before time was called and the umpires met with the managers. The SNY announcers didn’t seem to know the rule — they suggested flipping a coin — but when the game finally started up again, Venditte (throwing right-handed) struck Henriquez (batting right-handed) out. Perhaps it was the first step in becoming the Yankees’ closer one day. And, if he plays his cards right, their lefty specialist, too. —Joe DeLessio