CLEVELAND: Manager Terry Francona doesn’t expect Vinnie Pestano to languish on the disabled list for long.
“He’ll probably only spend another week [on the DL] then be good to go,” Francona said. “He got a [MRI] scan and it was clear.”
Pestano went on the DL with inflammation in his right elbow and can be activated May 16.
“He did a really good job of communicating with us,” Francona said. “He was honest and being a good teammate. I wanted to stay on him to be honest.”
BRANTLEY GETS A REST — Michael Brantley was not in the lineup Tuesday night after starting 27 games in a row.
“It’s a nice night to give him a day off,” Francona said. “They’re pitching a lefty and [Mike] Aviles can play left. If he messes up a play, you can put it on me.”
THE AFTERMATH — Mark Reynolds admitted after Monday night’s game that being hit by Oakland Athletics starter Jarrod Parker in the first inning was a motivating factor in hitting a titanic (460 feet) home run in the fifth.
“There’s no bad blood between me and Parker,” Reynolds said Tuesday. “I honestly think he was trying to overthrow a fastball, and it got away from him. Stuff happens.”
Plate umpire Angel Hernandez warned both benches when Reynolds was hit, prompting Francona to speak to the umpire.
“I just wanted to ask, if it hit Reynolds, why the umpire didn’t throw the pitcher out,” Francona said. “He said he didn’t think it was on purpose, but he wanted to keep everything in order.”
RIGHT IS WRONG — Nick Swisher is coming off a minor arm problem that might have been caused by moving him back and forth from first base to right field. Consequently, Francona wants to avoid putting Swisher in the outfield for a while.
“I don’t want to just throw him back out there,” Francona said. “But we’ll see how it goes.”
BOURN RAINED OUT — Michael Bourn was unable to begin his rehab assignment Monday night because Triple-A Columbus was rained out.
The Clippers played a doubleheader Tuesday night, and Bourn played the first game in center field and went 1-for-3 with a stolen base. He sat out the second game.
He is expected to be the designated hitter tonight, after which it will be decided if he is ready to be activated. Bourn is on the disabled list with a cut in his right index finger that required five stitches to close.
ROSTER MOVE — Ezequiel Carrera cleared waivers and was outrighted to Columbus. Clippers first baseman Mike McDade was claimed on waivers by the Chicago White Sox.
LINDOR HONORED — The Tribe named Class-A Carolina shortstop Francisco Lindor as the organization’s Moinor League Player of the Week.
Last week Lindor batted .500 (13-for-26) with two doubles, one home run, four RBI, six runs and a 1.321 OPS (on-base plus slugging) seven games.
FARM FACTS — Trevor Bauer started the first game of the Clippers’ makeup doubleheader and did not allow a hit in 6⅔ innings. However, he walked four, hit four batters and threw a wild pitch. … Ryan Merritt pitched seven shutout innings, allowing two hits and one walk, as Lake County beat Burlington 1-0 in Class A.
— Sheldon Ocker