The Cleveland Indians have placed right-handed reliever Vinnie Pestano on the 15-day disabled list, and recalled Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus to take his spot in the bullpen, the team announced on Monday.
Pestano is battling right elbow tendinitis, and has been unable to pitch since last Saturday. The team was originally hopeful that the set-up man could avoid time on the disabled list, but Pestano felt discomfort while throwing batting practice Monday afternoon.
The reliever normally serves as the eighth-inning man for the Indians. Cleveland manager Terry Francona has reshuffled his relievers in Pestano's abscence. Joe Smith has been the set-up man for Chris Perez while Pestano has been hurt, and will presumably stay in that role until Pestano returns. Cody Allen shifted into Smith's normal seventh inning role.
Hagadone appeared in eight games earlier in the season with mixed results for the Indians. The southpaw has flashed excellent swing-and-miss stuff, but battled control issues. Hagadone has a 2.45 ERA through 7.1 innings with eight strikeouts, but has also issued six walks.
Cleveland's bullpen has pitched well this season, as their 2.69 ERA is second in the AL behind the Minnesota Twins. The team's relievers have done a good job missing bats, striking out 98 hitters in 90.1 innings.