Vinnie Pestano optioned to make room for Rzepczynski

In a shocking move, following Tuesday night’s win against the White Sox, the Indians optioned former setup man Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A Columbus in order to make room on the 25-man roster for newly acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski.

Pestano has been the team’s primary eighth inning setup guy for the past three seasons. However, this season, elbow soreness landed him on the disabled list, and he hasn’t returned to his previous form.

In 34 appearances this year, Pestano is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 6 saves while filling in for the injured Chris Perez. However, his walk numbers are way up and his strikeout numbers and velocity are down. Pestano has already walked 19 batters and struck out only 34 after walking just 24 in each of the previous two seasons. Vinnie has pitched just three times in the last 17 days, with two of those appearances coming in blowouts. Therefore, the move is likely made with the idea to get him more work at Triple-A Columbus in higher leverage situations without it affecting the streaking ballclub.

Bryan Shaw in the bullpen had options as well, but he is pitching much better recently overall than Pestano. Rzepczynski gives the Tribe a second left-handed bullpen option in addition to Rich Hill.

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  • mgbode

    has anyone checked in on jon?

  • Harv 21

    Thank you, World Baseball Classic.

  • Garry_Owen

    I get that he’s emotional about it – and I’m glad that he is; but this makes all the sense in the world. I’m looking forward to seeing him back, and strong, even if it’s next year.

  • Jason Hurley

    Mixed feelings – he deserves to be a major leaguer. But, something isn’t right with him, clearly, and we’re in contention. We can’t give games away because we have a misguided loyalty.

  • woofersus

    He’ll probably be back when the roster expands in September. (unless he gets worse) They probably view this as his best shot at getting regular work in and working things out for the stretch run.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    i just checked in on my john, it’s fully operational even after the bombardment I put on it!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Go get right Vinny the team simply cannot afford to have you trying to fix whatever is ailing you in the midst of playoff contention. Especially not when the FO best is a Cardinals castoff who was floundering in the minors.

  • Harv 21

    seems Francona took another look after the little hiatus and didn’t like his stuff any better than before. If they’re doing this with the pen so iffy something is clearly unfixable. I’m guessing next spring no way they let key guys pitch in the WBC.

  • Jaker

    Jeez. This year is feeling more and more like 2007 every day. Sans the big offensive numbers, the Cy Young Award Winner and the rookie wildcard that came from nowhere(unless we bring Danny Sal back up). Hopefully Vinnie will iron things out like Lee did and comeback to win the Cy Young next year

  • Garry_Owen

    “Misguided loyalty.” Is that the artistic title of the Thome statue?
    But, but, Pestano is one of us!