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McAllister looks good in sim game; Pestano taking break from setup duties

By Sheldon Ocker Published: July 8, 2013

   CLEVELAND: Zach McAllister (sprained finger) threw a three-inning simulated game today and suffered no ill effects.

   Five players were brought from Lake County to face McAllister, who also took pitchers fielding practice between the second and third innings. During the outing, McAllister threw fastballs, cutters and changeups but no curveballs, the pitch that aggravated the injury, forcing him onto the disabled list a month ago.

   “”Zach has been throwing his curveball on flat ground,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “”That is the last thing he’ll do (throw the curve in competition).

   ""We’ll see how he bounces back tomorrow. We could do this again (a sim game), or he could go out and pitch (on a rehab assignment). It all depends on his symptoms.’’

   Francona said he will know who starts Thursday's game against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. It probably will be Trevor Bauer.

  Vinnie Pestano won’t be the Tribe setup man for awhile. Francona wants him to take a deep breath and regain his self-assurance by pitching in less stressful situations.
“”I talked to Vinnie today,’’ the manager said. “”Since he came back (from an elbow injury in mid-May), we’ve seen glimpses of the real Vinnie Pestano, but he’s been inconsistent. We’re going to put him in other spots, where he can get his confidence back, then we’ll get him back as our setup guy.’’

   Joe Smith will be the Tribe’s setup man most of the time, but Cody Allen also will pitch in the eighth inning.


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