CLEVELAND: Brett Myers (elbow inflammation) hasn’t pitched in a big-league game since April 19, which is one reason he is headed for the bullpen after he comes off the disabled list.
“Myers is going to prepare for a bullpen role,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “With all the down time he’s had, it’s the best way for him to contribute. If he tried to ramp up to 100 pitches and had any kind of a hiccup, he might be lost for the season.”
Though he is a starter by trade, Myers has pitched in relief for the Phillies in 2007 and 2009 and for the Astros last year.
He and Blake Wood (elbow reconstruction surgery) will each throw an inning tonight at Mahoning Valley.
LEFTOVERS — Vinnie Pestano was upset about giving up two ninth-inning runs in the Tribe’s 8-7 win Saturday night.
“This season hasn’t been anything other than challenging for me,” he said. “I’ve definitely taken my lumps and bruises. But I can’t be putting my own emotions in front of the team.”
It took 34 pitches for Pestano to retire the side and earn the save. Altogether, Tribe pitchers threw 199 pitches, and the Twins used 167, issuing eight walks.
OTHER STUFF — Sunday’s loss stopped the Indians’ winning streak at four, but they have won eight of 11. … They are 13-13 against Central Division teams. … Carlos Carrasco is winless in his past nine starts dating to July 5, 2011. … In his past 33 games, Michael Bourn is batting .324 with 19 runs. … Jason Kipnis has reached base in his past 25 games. He is batting .400 with 15 RBI and eight runs for the month of June. … With his single Sunday, Michael Brantley is 5-for-9 in his career pinch hitting.
FARM FACTS: Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 3.86 ERA) gave up one run and seven hits in 5⅔ innings, striking out six, as Columbus beat Lehigh Valley 6-2. Jeremy Hermida hit his 13th home run of the season, and Juan Diaz hit his fifth. … Jerrud Sabourin had four hits and Francisco Lindor had three in Carolina’s 7-5 loss to Potomac. Joe Wendle homered and drove in two runs. … Anthony Santander hit his fourth homer of the year and had three RBI in Lake County’s 6-5 loss to Dayton. … Luis Lugo gave up one unearned run and four hits in five innings, as Mahoning Valley lost 8-5 to Batavia.
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