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Indians recall Vinnie Pestano from Triple-A

Jun 20, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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This offseason Vinnie Pestano lost his arbitration case to the Indians and then he got demoted to Triple-A in mid-April after just three appearances, but the once-elite setup man has now been called back up to Cleveland.

Pestano earned the promotion by posting a 1.78 ERA and 32/7 K/BB ratio in 25 innings at Triple-A, where he looked very much like the guy who had a 2.82 ERA and 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings for the Indians from 2010-2013.

Prior to the demotion Pestano’s fastball velocity was way down into the high-80s and he battled elbow problems in 2013, so that’ll be something to keep an eye on as he tries to reestablish himself as a late-inning bullpen option for the Indians.

  1. pascalswager42 - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Terry could have a 20 man bullpen, and it still wouldn’t cure the lack of pop and defense backing up the pitching.

    Make a deal for an established bat, PLEASE BRO!

    • theuncletodd - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      they just might be doing this by showcasing Vinnie for trade bait

      • r8rnuck - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        good point…i did not consider that

    • dnc6 - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      4th in the league in OPS+, but yeah, the defense sucks.

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