CLEVELAND -- After dealing with a sore right elbow over the past week, Vinnie Pestano was not sure how he would feel when he played catch on Sunday morning. The Indians setup man came away from the throwing session relieved with the result.
"I felt better than I thought I would," Pestano said, "after not throwing five of the last six days, and throwing long toss and in the bullpen [on Saturday]. I've done everything I can to try to get as healthy as I can as soon as possible. It's just day-to-day right now."
Following Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Twins, Indians manager Terry Francona indicated that Pestano should be available out of the bullpen beginning on Monday. As things currently stand, the Tribe's setup man will avoid a trip to the disabled list.
"He's doing good," Francona said Sunday. "He should be available [Monday]. He threw this morning and had a really good session. Everything points toward him being OK."
With Pestano coming back from the minor injury, the Indians promoted left-handed reliever Scott Barnes from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday to provide an extra arm for the relief corps. To clear a spot on the active roster, Cleveland designated outfielder Ezequiel Carrera for assignment.
Carrera -- claimed off waivers Thursday from the Phillies, who claimed the outfielder from the Indians shortly before the start of the season -- will be exposed to waivers once again. If the 25-year-old outfielder (hitting .176 through 15 games between Cleveland the Philadelphia this season) is not claimed, the Tribe can send him outright to Triple-A.
"We wanted to get Zeke back, which we did," Francona said. "We decided that we wanted to try to keep our bullpen intact, so we got Barnesy here. I'm glad we did. Selfishly, I hope [Carrera] clears [waivers]."
The 28-year-old Pestano has not appeared in a game for the Indians since the second leg of a doubleheader on April 28, when the right-hander surrendered a run on one hit and two walks in a 20-pitch outing against the Royals. Pestano has a 2.25 ERA in eight games, with eight strikeouts and four walks.
Prior to Sunday's game against the Twins, Pestano played catch up to a distance of 120 feet with Francona and head trainer Lonnie Soloff looking on.