Vinnie Pestano loses arbitration hearing against Indians

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According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, reliever Vinnie Pestano lost his arbitration hearing against the Indians and will make a $975,000 salary this season.

Pestano, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter as a Super Two player, requested $1.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. After posting a 2.50 ERA over his first 142 appearances in the majors, the 28-year-old right-hander struggled to the tune of a 4.08 ERA in 37 games last year and walked 21 batters in 35 1/3 innings, so he didn’t have an especially strong case. Yesterday’s hearing was the first for the Indians since 1991.

Between Pestano and the Padres’ Andrew Cashner, we have already had two arbitration hearings this year in MLB. There weren’t any in 2013.

Martin Prado exits game with left hamstring injury

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Marlins third baseman Martin Prado was forced to make an early departure from Friday’s game after sustaining a left hamstring injury in the sixth inning. Prado sprinted down the first base line to beat out a grounder, but came up limping and had to be helped off of the field and down the steps of the dugout. His recovery timetable has yet to be determined, though he’s considered day-to-day for the time being.

Prior to the incident, Prado went 3-for-4 with two doubles against the Nationals’ Max Scherzer — his first game with multiple extra-base hits since July 2017. It was a rare lucky break for the infielder, who entered Friday’s game with a .169/.221/.180 batting line, one double and three RBI in 95 plate appearances in 2018. The injury appears to be an aggravation of the left hamstring strain he sustained in March, which forced the club to bench him for just over a month this spring.

Prado was replaced on the field by Brian Anderson, who shifted over from right field so the team could bring in pinch-hitter/corner outfielder J.B. Shuck. The Marlins currently trail the Nationals 7-5 in the top of the eighth inning.