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Two minor leaguers and skipper join Tribe

By sstorm Published: September 23, 2010

The Indians purchased the contracts of minor leaguers and RHP Vinnie Pestano and C Luke Carlin from Triple-A Columbus, along with adding Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh to the coaching staff for the remainder of the season.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Pestano and Carlin, C Carlos Santana was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL and RHP Hector Ambriz was put on the 60-day DL with inflammation in his right elbow.

Pestano, 25, will be making his Major League debut after spending a majority of the season at Columbus. Pestano, whom the Indians selected in the 20th round in 2006 out of Cal State Fullerton, went 1-2 with a 1.55 ERA and 14 saves in 43 regular-season games. During the playoffs he limited opponents to a run on two hits while striking out nine over five appearances.

The switch-hitting Carlin spent the season at the Triple-A level with Columbus and Indianapolis. The 29-year old was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 10th and went on to bat .231 with nine runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and six RBI in 13 games for the Clippers. In the playoffs, he batted .350 (7-for-20) in seven games with seven runs scored, four doubles, two home runs and five RBI. Carlin was a 10th- round selection by Detroit in the 2002 draft and has appeared in 46 Major League games with San Diego (2008) and Arizona (2009).

In his first season at Columbus, Sarbaugh led the Clippers to the International League and Triple-A Baseball Championship titles. It marked the second consecutive year the skipper lead his club to a league title, having done the same in 2009 with Double-A Akron. This season marked Sarbaugh's seventh as a manager in the Indians Player Development System and 22nd in the Indians organization as a player, coach or manager.

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