CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Indians relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano tried out his injured arm on Saturday, throwing catch and throwing about 15 pitches from the mound.
He will see how his arm responds on Sunday, but is hopeful to be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list.
The pitcher says that his elbow is suffering from tendonitis, but it’s nothing new that he’s had to deal with, but in the past the team and he have always been able to handle it without any issues.
“It’s something we’ve been monitoring the last couple of years,” Pestano said. “It’s something that crops up and comes and goes, and we’ve been able to manage it to a very good degree.
“This is the first time I haven’t been able to answer the call so to speak.”
The injury came to light Saturday after manager Terry Francona said that Pestano wasn’t available Friday night, which is why Cody Allen came on in the 7th, and not Joe Smith.
Pestano said the injury is not in the area where Pestano had prior ACL surgery, but that it doesn’t make it any easier not being out on the field.
“I want to be out there, I know that our bullpen has been shorthanded,” Pestano said. “I don’t like them being overworked and covering my inning for me.”
Pestano isn’t putting a timetable on his return, but says that if his arm responds well to throwing, he could be back in less than a week.
If not, he says the team could place him on the DL, but can also make that retroactive to Monday since the last day he pitched in a game was Sunday.
“It’s not something I am expecting to be a big issue,” Pestano said. “It’s something I have dealt with in the past, it just flared up a little worse this time.”
He said the arm started to bother him Monday in Kansas City, and part of the reason is he had a high pitch count on Sunday, this after going a few days without pitching.
“We’re trying to be proactive about it, but it’s been one of those things you don’t know how it’s going to respond,” Pestano said.