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Ambidextrous reliever Pat Venditte won't be returning to the A's right away after all.
The team claimed infielder/outfielder Danny Valencia off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, and optioned Venditte to Triple-A Nashville, where he made two rehab appearances Friday and Saturday.
Valencia, 30, gives them a veteran who has played multiple positions over his major league career. He started 27 games in left field, nine at third base, one in right field and one at first base this year with Toronto. He has 354 career games at third to go along with 32 games in left field, 25 at first base, nine at second base and five in right field.
The six-year veteran was batting .296 with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 58 games with the Blue Jays before he was designated for assignment on Saturday. He is a .266 career hitter with 44 home runs and 215 RBI in 479 games.
Valencia debuted with Minnesota in 2010 and has spent six seasons in the majors with the Twins (2010-12), Red Sox (2012), Orioles (2013), Royals (2014) and Blue Jays (2014-15).
Venditte has been recovering from a strained right shoulder. Comments from A's manager Bob Melvin on Sunday suggested Venditte was close to rejoining the A's after he was activated from the disabled list.
But it appears the A's are content right now with the makeup of their seven-man bullpen, which just added lefty Felix Doubront on Sunday.
In four appearances with the A's this season, Venditte has given up four hits but no runs (5 2/3 innings). He's been sidelined since June 10.
Oakland A's media services contributed to this report