Vinnie Pestano got through a tumultuous ninth inning to pick up his second save of the season on Tuesday as the Indians beat the Royals 4-3.
Pestano managed the rare feat of allowing three hits and a walk while throwing a scoreless inning, as the Royals' baserunning miscues aided the cause. With Chris Perez working his way back Pestano's days closing games could be numbered, but Perez is no sure thing to be effective upon returning. The situation is worth monitoring in the days following Perez's activation.
Mike Aviles went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI as the Indians beat the Royals on Tuesday.
Aviles was in the middle of the Indians' three-run eighth inning, eventually scoring the winning run on a Michael Brantley sacrifice fly. The utility infielder has gotten regular playing time with Asdrubal Cabrera sidelined, but he should return to a reserve role when Cabrera returns. He's hitting .277 on the year.
Ubaldo Jimenez allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Royals on Tuesday.
Jimenez was a mixed bag on Tuesday. Two runs allowed on just two hits? Good. Four walks and four strikeouts? Not so good. The right-hander's end results have looked alright his past few starts, but the underlying numbers still make him a crapshoot every time he goes out. His next start will come Monday against a tough Orioles lineup in Baltimore.
Chris Perez (shoulder) allowed three homers and five runs in an inning of work in his second rehab appearance with Double-A Akron.
Perez gave up five hits overall and also hit a batter. The right-hander was supposed to be activated from the disabled list on Friday, but the Indians might re-think that after tonight's showing. Vinnie Pestano owners should hang on to him.
Indians recalled 3B Lonnie Chisenhall from Triple-A Columbus.
It's well deserved, as Chisenhall has been red-hot since his demotion last month, batting .390 with six home runs, 26 RBI, and a 1.132 OPS over 27 games. The 24-year-old has struggled at the major league level, but he should see regular playing time at third base in the short-term. Put him on your radar in deeper mixed leagues.
Rich Hill allowed a bunt single to David Lough on Monday.
Hill relieved Brian Shaw in a 1-1 game in the ninth inning with runners on first and second. After Lough reached, Matt Albers replaced Hill and threw a wild to gift Kansas City with a 2-1 lead. Hill, a non-roster invitee who made the club out of spring training, may be reaching the end of his rope as Cleveland's left-handed specialist. He has a 7.79 ERA and 1.96 WHIP in 17 1/3 innings over 26 appearances.
Indians optioned RHP Matt Langwell to Triple-A Columbus.
Langwell posted a 2.08 ERA and 0.92 WHIP over four appearances, but the Indians are expected to add a hitter prior to Tuesday's game with Nick Swisher (shoulder) banged up. Lonnie Chisenhall is a likely choice.