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Vinnie Pestano | Relief Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Angels optioned RHP Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Pestano was sent down to make room on the Angels' roster for relief pitcher Mike Morin. Pestano has a 4.50 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 10 innings pitched this season. Aug 16 - 4:55 PM

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Angels recalled RHP Vinnie Pestano from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Acquired last week from the Indians, Pestano holds a 5.00 ERA over 13 relief appearances in the majors this season. He'll be used in low-leverage situations.
Aug 10 - 1:22 PM

Angels acquired RHP Vinnie Pestano from the Indians in exchange for RHP Michael Clevinger.

Pestano was once looked at as a future closer, but he hasn't been the same since the beginning of last season, posting a 4.26 ERA over 50 appearances for the Tribe while spending most of 2014 in the minors. He'll enter his second year of arbitration this winter, so the Indians might have decided to get something for him now before potentially non-tendering him. Pestano will report to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Aug 7 - 6:13 PM

Indians optioned RHP Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A Columbus.

He has struggled in his limited time with the Indians this season, posting a 5.00 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and .333 batting average against over his first nine innings. He'll surely return at some point after the All-Star break.
Jul 12 - 11:05 AM

Indians recalled RHP Vinnie Pestano from Triple-A Columbus.

Pestano was optioned after just three relief appearances earlier this season, but he's righted the ship with a 1.78 ERA and 32/7 K/BB ratio over 25 1/3 Triple-A frames. He'll work in middle relief.
Jun 20 - 1:53 PM

Indians optioned RHP Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A Columbus.

Pestano gets the boot after being knocked around for three runs -- one earned -- on three hits over two-thirds of an inning Tuesday. He holds a 13.50 ERA and 3.38 WHIP over three appearances this season. Pestano simply hasn't been the same guy since the beginning of last season and the Indians are hoping he can figure things out on the farm.
Apr 9 - 9:44 AM

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti announced Saturday that Vinnie Pestano has secured a spot on the team's Opening Day roster.

He's expected to work in the seventh inning, as a bridge to Cody Allen and John Axford closing out games. The 29-year-old has pitched well this spring, compiling a 1.50 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 5/2 K/BB ratio in six innings of work.
Mar 22 - 1:41 PM

Vinnie Pestano (elbow) will make his Cactus League debut on Monday when the Indians take on the Rangers.

The veteran right-hander threw a session of live batting practice on Friday and was encouraged by the results. He's expected to work in the seventh inning, helping to get the ball to Cody Allen and John Axford at the backend of the Tribe's bullpen.
Feb 28 - 11:10 PM

Vinnie Pestano lost his arbitration hearing against the Indians and was awarded a $975,000 salary for 2014.

The 28-year-old reliever had requested a figure of $1.45 million from the Tribe. He'll continue to function in a setup capacity in front of the team's new closer, John Axford. His fantasy value will be minimal though unless he can work his way into save chances.
Feb 8 - 3:25 PM

Jordan Bastian of reports that Vinnie Pestano and the Indians are "currently at (a) standstill" in arbitration talks.

The reliever requested $1.45 million and was offered $975,000 from the Indians when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. Pestano's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Friday, and it sounds like there's a decent chance a hearing will be needed. He is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Feb 3 - 2:37 PM

Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said Vinnie Pestano suffered an injury to his right elbow during last year's World Baseball Classic.

"I think some of that WBC injury really trained his arm to do something different than he's done in the past," Callaway said during Saturday's Tribe Fest. It was suspected that the WBC led to many of Pestano's issues on the mound last season, but this is the first time it's been acknowledged by a team official that he sustained an injury during the tournament. It explains why the 28-year-old went from being one of the game's best setup men to posting a 4.08 ERA and being demoted in July. With the injury behind him, Pestano should return to being an effective reliever in 2014.
Jan 25 - 10:41 PM

Vinnie Pestano requested $1.45 million and was offered $975,000 from the Indians when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Once the heir-apparent to the closer's role in Cleveland, Pestano is coming off a terribly disappointing 2013 season that saw his demotion to Triple-A mid-season. He'll earn a decent raise over the $501,900 that he netted during the 2013 season.
Jan 17 - 8:38 PM

Indians recalled RHP Vinnie Pestano from Triple-A Columbus.

Pestano, one of baseball's most underrated relievers over the last two years, has dealt with an elbow issue, diminished velocity, and prolonged struggles in 2013. He registered a 4.05 ERA and 1.53 ERA through 34 appearances before the Indians demoted him on July 31.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 03:54:00 PM

Indians optioned RHP Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A Columbus.

An expected move, Marc Rzepczynski will take his place on the active roster. It wasn't too long ago that Pestano was one of the more underrated relievers in the game, but he has a 4.05 ERA and 1.53 ERA through 34 appearances this season. He'll attempt to get back on track in the minors.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 03:09:00 PM's Jordan Bastian reports that Vinnie Pestano will be optioned to Triple-A.

Pestano posted a 10.80 ERA in May, rebounded with a 2.08 ERA in June, but has struggled again to the tune of a 4.91 ERA in July. Indians manager Terry Francona removed Pestano from high-leverage situations, but it appears that Cleveland would prefer to do without him in low-leverage situations at the moment as well.
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 10:42:00 PM

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