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Vinnie Pestano’s elbow troubles traced back to the World Baseball Classic

Jan 26, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

Vinnie Pestano AP

Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano started out well enough last season, but by late April he had lingerng elbow soreness, hit the disabled list and never was truly right all season. He finished with an ERA of 4.08 and dramatically increased walk and hit rates while pitching in only 37 games.

Yesterday Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said Pestano’s troubles began when he suffered an injury to his elbow during last year’s World Baseball Classic. From Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer:

“I think some of that WBC injury really trained his arm to do something different than he’s done in the past,” said Callaway. “The reason Vinnie was so good in the past, is that he has unorthodox mechanics. When he had a little bit of an injury in the WBC, he started throwing like a normal person, which isn’t good. I told him at the end of the year, I’ve never told anybody to have bad mechanics.”

No one with the team had previously linked Pestano’s injury or troubles with the WBC before yesterday.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    If I was writing out checks for these players there is no way I would allow any of them to participate in this thing that doesn’t even count towards anything.

  2. jj19871 - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Craig Calcaterra blows dick!

  3. louhudson23 - Jan 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    It’s baseball.And the team on the other side says they can kick your ass. So you go and play them,because you are a baseball player. You can’t play forever and you can’t walk around scared. If you are healthy and you are a ball player,why the hell not?. Not to ring the bell of the past,but players used to play year round barnstorming and Winter/Latin/Mexican league rosters were full of major league players…Considering players get hurt putting on boots and closing doors and walking down the stairs….

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      sorry but if im paying you 10 or 15MIL to play for my team you are NOT going to be playing baseball for something else and risk injury! You ain’t sky diving, you aint driving in nascar, you aint doing high risk activities if I pay you that much you play for me and I want my 10-15MIL worth. Otherwise go sign with another team, just my opinion and as you know I don’t always post on this board but when I do read closely and stay thirsty my friends! Cheers!

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