CLEVELAND: Vinnie Pestano probably won't pitch for at least a couple of days and maybe longer because of tendinitis in the back of his right elbow.
“”Vinnie’s elbow is a little creaky,’’ manager Terry Francona said today. “”I tried to stay away from him (Friday night). That’s why the order (of the relievers) was a little different than normal.’’
""Vinnie threw a bullpen this morning and was pretty good,’’ the manager said.
That does not settle the issue, however.
“”I’ll see how it responds after throwing from 120 feet and throwing off the mound,’’ Pestano said. “”This is something I’ve been battling for a couple of years. But I’ve always been able to maintain it in good order.’’
After pitching last Sunday in Kansas City, Pestano went to Francona.
""I took a couple of days off and played catch, but I still wasn’t ready,’’ he said. “”I had kind of an elevated pitch count (Sunday) and my appearances have been sort of sporadic, and it flared up.’’
Pestano is not ruling out a stint on the disabled list.
“”If a decision has to be made, it would be a situation where I could be on the DL for only a week by backdating it,’’ he said. “”This is the first time I haven’t been able to answer the call. It’s not fun. I want to be out there.’’