Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 5/16/13
The Cleveland Indians have optioned left-handed relief pitcher Nick Hagadone to Columbus on Thursday, a move that is believed to be in anticipation of Vinnie Pestano’s return from the 15-day disabled list. On the season, Hagadone—one of Terry Francona’s favorite relievers heading into the season—has an ERA of 7.20 largely thanks to a month of May that saw the 27-year-old allowed seven runs over the course of five games; opposing batters had an OPS of 1.145 over this span. The hard-throwing lefty had a solid start to his season with the Tribe, but fell off of the table over the course of the last few games. Pestano, placed on the disabled list earlier this month with right elbow tendinitis, has made eight relief appearances for Cleveland, posting no record and a 2.25 ERA (2 ER/8.0 IP). His last appearance came in Game 2 of the Indians’ April 28 doubleheader at Kansas City. Pestano worked a scoreless inning Wednesday in a rehabilitation assignment with the Lake County Captains. He is eligible to return from the disabled list on Thursday but will likely be activated prior to Friday’s game against the Seattle Mariners. [Related: Carlos Santana’s Coming Out Party]
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