CLEVELAND -- The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association presented Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera with the 2011 Heart and Hustle Award before Tuesday's game.
Cabrera earned the honor after a committee of alumni deemed that he best represents the Indians by demonstrating "a passion for the game of baseball" while embodying "the values, spirit, and tradition of the game."
"It's special," Cabrera said of the award. "I'm happy."
The slick-fielding shortstop's work ethic and dedication have him on pace to establish new career highs in games played, hits, home runs and RBIs, all while performing his nightly routine of defensive wizardry. Cabrera entered the 2011 campaign with 18 career long balls over four Major League seasons. He already has 17 homers through 99 contests this year, leading all American League shortstops.
Cabrera became the first Tribe shortstop to start the All-Star Game since Lou Boudreau in 1948.
Vern Fuller, an infielder for the Indians from 1964-1970, presented Cabrera with his award. Fuller is now the Executive Director of the Baseball Heritage Museum in Cleveland.
The MLBPAA will recognize one player from each of the 30 Major League teams before selecting a final winner on Nov. 3 at the 12th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. Tribe center fielder Grady Sizemore took home the top honor in 2008, the only Indians player to do so.
Pestano shaves locks hoping to foster change
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."
Quote to note
"What would make your life most difficult? Trading guys in the middle of a game and having conference calls in the middle of a game? We'll plan for that. Is that good? Because that's how we're going to prioritize our decision and timing. Whatever will be least convenient for you." --Indians general manager Chris Antonetti, joking with reporters about when the team might finalize a trade.
Indians manager Manny Acta noted that right-hander Alex White (60-day disabled list with a right middle finger issue) felt fine on Tuesday -- one day after throwing a simulated game. White is slated to throw two innings in another sim game on Wednesday in Akron. If that goes well, the pitcher will likely work three or four games in a Minor League rehab assignment before being activated as a reliever for the rest of the season.
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti indicated that right fielder Shin-Soo Choo has started taking light swings and throwing in his recovery from a broken left thumb. Choo -- sidelined since being struck on the hand by a pitch on June 24 -- could return some time in August or early September.
The Indians have yet to reach an agreement on a professional contract with shortstop Francisco Lindor, the club's first-round selection in June's First-Year Player Draft. General manager Chris Antonett said: "Other than we continue to have dialogue, I'm not going to get into specifics of where we are. But we continue to have dialogue with his agent." The deadline for signing Draft picks is Aug. 15.
On Tuesday, the Indians named Class A Kinston outfielder Abner Abreu the organization's Minor League Player of the Week for the period of July 17-23. Abreu, 21, hit .524 (11-for-21) with three home runs, two doubles, one triple, nine RBIs and seven runs scored. On the year, Abreu is hitting .247 with 12 homers and 35 RBIs in 89 games.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. Zack Meisel is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.