The Cleveland Indians have placed right-handed setup man Vinnie Pestano on the 15-day disabled list due to soreness in his throwing elbow. The ailment has been diagnosed as elbow tendinitis -- according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com -- who reports Cleveland recalled left-hander Nick Hagadone from Triple-A to fill Pestano's roster spot.
The Indians were hoping the elbow issue would work itself out and not require a stint on the DL. However, the soreness lingered and Cleveland has elected to give Pestano at least two weeks off. He's eligible to return on May 16 since he hasn't appeared in a game since April 28.
"It's just one of those things where it just kept
lingering and lingering and lingering," Pestano said after the Indians'
7-3 win on Monday. "And I can't keep handicapping the bullpen like we have
been. So it was a decision that was tough to be made, but it had to be made. I
pride myself on being available every day and always being able to take the
ball. This is definitely not a fun situation to be in."
A recent MRI revealed no structural damage to Pestano's elbow, and he told reporters that it has nothing to do with a former joint issue that required Tommy John surgery in 2006. While he's sidelined, Joe Smith will likely fill in as setup man to closer Chris Perez.
Over eight appearances this season -- spanning eight innings -- Pestano has maintained an ERA of 2.25 with eight strikeouts. Hagadone -- Pestano's roster replacement -- has also posted a 2.25 ERA over nine games for the Indians this season.
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