reliever has struggled since coming off the disabled list May 17. He took his second blown save in four appearances Saturday against the Red Sox after allowing four runs in one inning.
He’s posted a 11.25 ERA in four appearances following a stint on the disabled list because of a sore right elbow.
“I told Vinnie when he came off the disabled list, ‘There might be a little rust,'” manager Terry Francona, per The Plain Dealer. “But like a hitter with a track record, this is a pitcher with a pretty impressive track record with the way he competes, the way he cares. I wouldn’t want to run away from him. I just want to help him.”
Pestano’s struggles could be . He was throwing 92-93 mph before going on the disabled list. He was clocked throwing 88-89 mph Saturday.
“In spring training, when guys start throwing, they have to build arm speed,” Francona said. “That’s what he’s doing now. … There are no medical issues. We got him through that. Now we just have to get him back to being Vinnie.”
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