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52 Vinnie Pestano RP
Height/Weight: 6-0/200 | Birthdate: 2/20/1985 | Birthplace: Newport Beach, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Cleveland | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 385.50
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Vinnie Pestano heading down to Triple-A Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Indians pitcher Vinnie Pestano is heading to Triple-A Wednesday.

Pestano was optioned by the club after posting a 13.50 ERA in three games this year. The team called up pitcher Chen-Chang Lee in order to take Pestano's roster spot. 


Vinnie Pestano nails down roster spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) The Vinnie Pestano comeback took another positive turn Saturday when he was told he had landed a roster spot for the Indians.

Pestano was among the premier setup men in the sport heading into last year, but he hurt his arm pitching in the World Baseball Classic and suffered through a terrible season that included a trip to Triple-A. But he has been brilliant through spring training.

His role has yet to be fully explained. Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen are expected to serve as the short men behind closer John Axford.


Vinnie Pestano impressive in short stint against Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Former standout Indians setup man Vinnie Pestano continued to perform well Friday in what he hopes is a comeback season from a miserable 2013 in which he was demoted to Triple-A. He pitched one perfect inning against the Cubs, fanning one along the way.

Pestano could eventually regain his previous role if he settles into the form that made him a premier setup man, but the Indians appear set with Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw in the late innings leading up to closer John Axford.


Vinnie Pestano to make first spring appearance Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Indians pitcher Vinnie Pestano is set to play in his first Cactus League game Monday after throwing a batting practice session Friday, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

"I threw batting practice today and felt good," said Pestano. "I’m excited about Monday."

Pestano is looking to rebound from a mediocre 2013 season in which he went 1-2 with a 4.08 ERA and 37:21 K:BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings.


Vinnie Pestano encouraged with Wednesday work


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway expressed encouragement about a rebound for reliever Vinnie Pestano after the right-hander faced batters for the first time this spring on Wednesday, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Pestano struggled so badly in 2013 that he was demoted to the minors after serving as a lights-out setup man in 2011 and 2012. He is seeking to earn a spot in the bullpen this spring, though a return to form could have him working late in games.


Vinnie Pestano finishes second to Tribe in arbitration ruling


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/8/2014) Indians right-handed reliever Vinnie Pestano has lost the arbitration case argued Friday and will earn $975,000 this season.

Pestano was among the premier setup men in baseball in 2011 and 2012 before struggles in 2013 landed him in the minors.

His arbitration case was the first for the Indians since 1991.


Vinnie Pestano set to end Tribe arbitration streak


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2014) The 22-year run of avoiding arbitration has apparently ended for the Indians. They are set to argue their case against reliever Vinnie Pestano on Friday.

Pestano struggled mightily in 2013 after performing in the World Baseball Classic. After pitching 132 innings in 2011 and 2012 combined as one of the premier setup men in the game, his ERA rose to 4.08 in 2013 and he was sent to the minors in July.

He is asking for $1.45 million while the Indians are offering $975,000.

The Indians last went to arbitration in 1991 over infielder Jerry Browne and pitcher Greg Swindell.


Elbow injury to blame for Vinnie Pestano's bad season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2014) Vinnie Pestano had his worst season as a major-league reliever in 2013, totaling a 4.08 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in 37 relief appearances. Though, it appears Pestano's struggles were related to an elbow injury he suffered in the spring.

Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway revealed over the weekend Pestano suffered an elbow injury last spring while pitching for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, according to 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," Callaway said. "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.

"We got to make sure he’s following through the right way so he’s getting that cut back on his fastball and that life through the zone. I’m fairly positive he’ll get that back."


Indians keeping eight arbitration-eligible players around


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) The Indians tendered contracts to six of nine arbitration-eligible players Monday, including pitchers Justin Masterson, Mark Rzepczynski, Vinnie Pestano and Josh Tomlin, as well as outfielders Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs.

According to MLB.com, the team avoided arbitration with two other players, signing relievers Frank Hermann and Blake Wood to one-year contracts, each worth $560,000 for '14. 


Vinnie Pestano looking to put past behind him


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2013) Indians pitcher Vinnie Pestano is looking to put his poor start behind him, according to MLB.com.

Pestano has yet to pitch in the majors since being called up from Triple-A in September. After struggling with a 4.05 ERA in 33 1/3 innings, the team sent him down to work on his control. Pestano's main goal in the minors was finding a consistent release point. 

In 14 2/3 innings, Pestano has a 3.07 ERA in the minors. 


Indians add four pitchers to roster


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2013) The Cleveland Indians have recalled pitchers Vinnie Pestano, Chen-Chang Lee, Josh Tomlin and Carlos Carrasco back to the club Tuesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

These pitchers are all expected to pitch in relief for Cleveland down the stretch, though Carrasco and Tomlin have starting experience.

Vinnie Pestano throws scoreless inning in minors


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2013) Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano tossed a scoreless inning of work at Triple-A Columbus Wednesday.

Pestano did walk a batter during the outing. Walks have been his main issue this season. After walking just 24 batters in each of the last two seasons, Pestano already has allowed 19 walks in half as many innings.

Through 33 1/3 innings in the majors, Pestano had a 4.05 ERA. 


Vinnie Pestano sent down Tuesday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2013) The Indians optioned reliever Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A Columbus Tuesday night to make room on the roster for Marc Rzepczynski, traded earlier in the day, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. 

The 28-year-old Pestano had a 4.05 ERA over 34 appearances for the Tribe. He also had six saves on the season. 


Vinnie Pestano removed from eighth-inning role


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2013) Indians manager Terry Francona has removed reliever Vinnie Pestano from the eighth-inning setup role until further notice, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Monday. Francona wants Pestano to regain his pitches and confidence. Joe Smith will take over the role. 

Pestano gave up a game-tying home run to Detroit's Torii Hunter in the eighth inning of Sunday's victory. 

"We talked to Vinnie today," said Francona on Monday. "Since he came back from his down time with his arm, we've seen glimpses of the old Vinnie, but there have been some inconsistencies. I told him that in the immediate future, instead of just giving him the eighth inning every time, we'll try to pitch him in games that set up a little better for him. We want to get that confidence rolling. Once he gets back on a roll, we'll get him back in a designated role."


Vinnie Pestano collects sixth save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2013) Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano notched his sixth save of the season in Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

Pestano worked his way around a leadoff walk as he struck out the next three batters to secure a 9-8 win. The right-hander has allowed just two earned runs over his last eight innings. He has a 3.86 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP through his first 26 appearances.

Vinnie Pestano Ks two for fifth save


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2013) With Chris Perez coming back Thursday, Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano may have made his last hurrah Wednesday in Baltimore. 

Pestano took the ball in the bottom of the ninth after the Indians took a 4-3 lead in the top of the inning. Pestano went 1-2-3 for Cleveland with two strikeouts for the win and his fifth save. His ERA is 4.13. 

Pestano will likely go back to late-game relief in front of Perez now that the closer is returning. 


Vinnie Pestano's time as closer coming to an end


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2013) Indians manager Terry Francona said during an interview with MLB Network Radio reliever Chris Perez (shoulder) is expected to be activated off the 15-day disabled list Thursday and return as the team's closer. Vinnie Pestano has been filling in as closer for the injured Perez, who has been on a rehab assignment in the minors.

Pestano has converted his last four save chances and has a 2.70 ERA in 10 June appearances.


Vinnie Pestano records fourth save


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2013) With Chris Perez scheduled to return shortly, Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano notched another save Monday in Baltimore.

Pestano earned his fourth save with a scoreless ninth to secure the 5-2 win. He did make things a bit interesting as he walked a batter and allowed a single. Manny Machado lined out to end the game, however. Pestano struck out one and his ERA is at 4.30.

The acting closer will go back to being a late-inning reliever when Perez returns. He's earned saves in back-to-back appearances, though he allowed two runs in his last save against Minnesota Saturday.


Vinnie Pestano surrenders two runs in save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2013) Indians closer Vinnie Pestano got his third save Saturday against the Twins despite giving up two earned runs on two hits and a walk.

Pestano had surrendered one earned run in eight innings in June before Saturday's two-run inning. He's allowed 11 earned runs in 22 innings.


Vinnie Pestano shaky for second save


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2013) Indians acting closer Vinnie Pestano recorded a save Tuesday night at home against the Royals despite Cleveland not taking a lead until it scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. 

Pestano recorded his second save though he gave up three hits and a walk in the ninth to protect a one-run lead. He got a strikeout and baserunning error by the Royals. Pestano needed 22 pitches and his ERA is at 4.05. 

With Chris Perez on the mend, Pestano's time as closer may be nearing an end. 


Vinnie Pestano no threat to Chris Perez


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2013) When Chris Perez went on the DL with a strained rotator cuff May 27, many Fantasy owners rushed to pick up his replacement, Vinnie Pestano, wondering if he could turn this short-term opportunity into a long-term role.

Three weeks later, Perez is on the verge of returning, and Pestano still has just one save to his name. We'll never know what might have been if Pestano had pulled an Andrew Bailey, piling up half a dozen saves as a stand-in. The Indians didn't win enough to see what he could do in the role, so you have to assume they'll revert to what made him comfortable in the first place.

Come Friday, Perez will be back to closing for the Indians, and Pestano will be no more than waiver fodder in Fantasy.


Vinnie Pestano notches first save


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2013) Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano recorded his first save Sunday against the Nationals after taking the loss in his last outing Saturday. 

Pestano walked a batter, but needed 11 pitches to get three outs for his first save of the season with Chris Perez still on the shelf. His ERA is at 4.26. 

Pestano was tabbed as the interim closer, but has gone just 1 for 3 in save opportunities. 


Not excited about Vinnie Pestano


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/28/2013) Coming into the season, the Indians' Vinnie Pestano ranked high on my list of setup men who could become closers midseason. Now, with Chris Perez sidelined by right shoulder soreness, his time has come.

So why am I not rushing to pick him up? He's not altogether himself. Having just returned from a DL stint for a sore right elbow, his fastball is reaching only the high 80s, about 4-5 mph lower than usual. And considering he allowed four earned runs over an inning of work last time out, he's missing that velocity.

Of course, two of his first three appearances off the DL were scoreless, so perhaps other factors contributed to his struggles Saturday. But a pitcher still working up to midseason form might not find himself fast enough to take advantage of what could end up being a minimal DL stay.

The only way I pick up Pestano is if he's the only option for saves on the wire.


Vinnie Pestano tabbed interim closer


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2013) Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday that reliver Vinnie Pestano will be the first option to close games with Chris Perez on the disabled list. That honor will not go to Joe Smith or Cody Allen, MLB.com reports. 

The 28-year-old Pestano just blew his second save after he allowed four runs on four hits and two walks over an inning in Boston Saturday. He's gone 1-1 with four holds, two blown saves and a 5.25 ERA. 


Cleveland in search of closer


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2013) The Indians are in need of a closer and there is currently no word on who that will be after the Tribe placed Chris Perez on the disabled list Monday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Cleveland called up Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus, but he'll be middle relief help. The logical choices are Joe Smith and Cody Allen, and Brett Myers also has experience closing games. That said, Myers has been used as a starter for Cleveland and is also on the shelf.

Vinnie Pestano could be another option, but he just came off the DL and has shown lowered velocity to this point.