ARLINGTON -- Indians manager Manny Acta said the Indians were hoping to limit the innings of rookie reliever Vinny Pestano, while ramping up the rehab of Josh Tomlin. Pestano, who appeared in 62 games last season between Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron and the Majors, has appeared in 61 games this season for the Indians. He is 8 1/3 innings short of the number he pitched last season. "In a perfect world, you should increase the innings and the appearances for next year," Acta said. "He's in place to do that the next couple days, and then having those extra guys will give us an opportunity to back off of him a little bit."
Acta said that Pestano is healthy, but the first Major League season is always a grind for any rookie, as their previous seasons never lasted more than 150 games at most. "He's been pretty good over these last 15 days," Acta said. "It's normal for him to feel a little bit of fatigue at the end of the season, but he's been fine." Acta also said Tomlin has not had any problems with his rehab and can be expected to pitch again this season. "Tomlin threw to 100 feet, no setbacks, we're hoping to get him on the mound in a couple days," Acta said. Acta also said it is uknown at this point whether Tomlin would resume his role as a starter or if he would go to the bullpen. Acta refused to speculate, saying the organization would have a better idea of Tomlin's rule for the remainder of this season after the simulated game.