Indians send struggling Vinnie Pestano to minors

The Associated Press Published:

CLEVELAND -- The Indians have optioned struggling reliever Vinnie Pestano to the minor leagues.

Pestano was sent to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday, a day after he gave up a homer and allowed three runs in the ninth inning of a win over San Diego. Pestano has a 13.50 ERA in three appearances.

Pestano made Cleveland's opening-day roster following a rough 2013 season. He started last season as the club's primary setup man but went on the disabled list with a sore elbow in May and was demoted to the minors in July.

Pestano has had a noticeable loss of velocity.

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