CLEVELAND -- After Vinnie Pestano left Progressive Field on Monday night, the Indians reliever pulled a Britney Spears. No, Pestano did not grab a microphone. He found some clippers and shaved his head in an act of desperation.
"The hair took me about as far as it was going to go," Pestano said on Tuesday afternoon. "I've got no more gloves to use. I've got no more cleats to throw out. So, sacrifice my hair to the baseball gods and see what we get out there."
Pestano probably needs to change more than his hairstyle in order to break free of his recent slump on the mound, though. Indians manager Manny Acta suggested it might also be time for the rookie pitcher to alter his pitch sequences to certain hitters.
One thing is clear: Pestano is in need of an adjustment or two.
Acta does not necessary see that as a bad thing, either.
"He wasn't going to spend the whole season just blowing people away," Acta said. "It's good to see that, because once in a while they need to be humbled by the game and then you see how they're going to bounce back."
Entering Tuesday, Pestano had posted an 8.10 ERA with a .302 opponents' batting average over his last 12 appearances, dating to June 27. Over that span, the right-hander has allowed nine runs on 13 hits with 15 strikeouts and three walks over 10 innings of work.
Along the way, Pestano's season ERA has climbed to 3.08 from 1.29.
"It's just something you've go to go through," Pestano said. "You just make adjustments. Pitchers have to make adjustments. It's just part of the game. It's one of those things where you've just got to keep throwing. My stuff is what it is.
"The fact that I'm not getting as consistent success as I had early in the year, it's not something mechanical. I don't know if it's a pitch sequence thing -- maybe. I don't know. It's just something you've got to battle through."