Tribe setup man Vinnie Pestano was unavailable to work Friday night’s game. Instead, Cody Allen was sent into the game to allow Joe Smith to be saved for the eighth inning. Allen promptly allowed a go-ahead homer to Chris Parmelee. After the game, it was communicated by Tribe skipper Terry Francona that Pestano had a “cranky elbow” and he was unavailable that evening.
Yesterday, Pestano threw a bullpen session, and the hope is that he will be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list. Plain Dealer write Dennis Manoloff reports this morning that today is the decision day on whether or not Vinnie will head to the DL.
Vinnie said the arm is “coming back” but he and #indians want to make sure he’s completely ready. And VFP doesn’t want to hamstring bully.
— Dennis Manoloff (@dmansworld474) May 5, 2013
This season, Pestano in 8 innings has allowed 2 runs, walking 4 and striking out 8. Vinnie has been an incredibly reliable 8th inning option, and in his absence, the team would have to rely further on right-handers Joe Smith, Bryan Shaw, and Cody Allen to work the seventh and eighth innings.