6/16/2013 1:55 P.M. ET
Swisher gets breather to work through shoulder issue
By Mark Emery / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- It seems as though the sore left shoulder that bothered Nick Swisher earlier this season never fully went away.
In the fifth inning of Saturday's 7-6 loss, Swisher clearly aggravated his shoulder while batting against Jordan Zimmermann. Tribe manager Terry Francona said afterward that Swisher would be able to play on Sunday, but he wound up giving him the day off anyway.
"I'm grinding," said Swisher, who has started every game since May 23. "I want to be in there every day, regardless of what I got going on. Obviously, it's starting to physically show a little bit.
"I've been kind of battling this shoulder thing all year, which has been super frustrating for me because I've never had something like this before."
Entering Sunday, Swisher was batting .237 (53-for-224) with seven home runs and 24 RBIs. In his last 15 games, Swisher is 6-for-64 at the plate with 18 strikeouts.
"I just don't feel like I have that thump in my swing, and that's a frustrating thought for me, because I like to let it rip every now and then," Swisher said. "We're just doing our treatments, man, trying to get better every day. We met with the doctors and this and that. We're just going to see what tomorrow brings.
"Whatever decision we make tomorrow, hey, we're just going to go at it full on."
Energetic Bourn excited about Father's Day
CLEVELAND -- The Father's Day well-wishes rang out in the Indians clubhouse before Sunday's game, and nobody was more enthusiastic about the holiday than Michael Bourn.
Everyone who came near Bourn was greeted with an energetic "Happy Father's Day!" The Tribe center fielder said one of the things he enjoys most about being a dad is the way his 3-year-old son runs and jumps into his arms whenever they see each other.
"As a baseball player or any athlete, you don't get to spend as much time as you would like with your kids," said Bourn, who is expecting a daughter in early July. "It's not easy being a father. You have to make a lot of sacrifices. [I] just want to make sure everybody knows to enjoy their day. It's a day that you should enjoy, I think."
The Indians celebrated Father's Day by offering fans the chance to play catch in the outfield after Sunday's afternoon game. For $15, individuals can purchase tickets that allow for 15 minutes of tossing the ball around at Progressive Field. Those interested in the program must also attend the 1:05 p.m. game against Washington.
"To a son, your father is your hero," Bourn said. "He's Superman to you. You think he can do anything. You think he can jump through the roof -- everything. That's how he views you."
McAllister plays catch; finger sprain improving
CLEVELAND -- Indians starter Zach McAllister said Saturday that he's now able to play catch.
McAllister has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 3 because of a right middle finger sprain. The Indians right-hander said the swelling has gone down and that he's feeling better every day.
"I'm set to play catch," McAllister said. "As long as it takes for me to get ready, it can be sooner than later, but I can't control that."
McAllister is 4-5 with a 3.43 ERA over 11 starts this season. In his last outing, he surrendered a season-high five runs to Tampa Bay.
"I could feel it a little bit after my start," he said. "Obviously, I didn't throw my curveball, so I didn't feel it at all because I didn't throw it. But I knew that if I would have thrown it, it probably wouldn't have felt too good."
Pestano frustrated at himself after Sunday's loss
CLEVELAND -- After giving up the go-ahead home run in the ninth inning of Saturday's loss, Vinnie Pestano was pretty ticked off at himself.
He didn't blame Jason Kipnis or Nick Swisher for allowing a catchable popup to drop in foul territory, which would have ended the inning. Instead, he focused on his own mistakes, particularly the poorly-placed fastball that went over the fence.
"Lately for me, it's pretty much anything [that] can go wrong, will go wrong," Pestano said. "I've not been able to make a big pitch, get myself out of an inning. Things aren't falling for me right now. There's no other way to explain it. Getting pretty [freaking] tired of saying that I feel good, but they're just taking good at-bats off me."
Pestano is 0-for-2 in save opportunities. In 18 innings, he's put together a 4.50 ERA and given up four home runs.
Right elbow tendinitis put Pestano on the 15-day disabled list last month. When he came back, his velocity was down at first, but eventually it returned to a normal level. On Saturday, Pestano's fastball reached 92 mph.
"I don't know that there's any more work I can do," Pestano said. "I feel good when I'm out there. I'm just not getting results, plain and simple.
"You can't sit here and cry about it and whine about it and put on a pouty face, because that's not going to do anybody any good. I can't sit back and say, 'Poor me.' I got to go out there and just keep firing and find my way through it."
Quote to note
"He's a hard worker already. You can see it in his eyes. I think the biggest thing he needs to do is enjoy it right now. The most important thing is he worked his whole life to get to this point, and the journey starts now. I always say, when a journey starts, you have to enjoy it. Because there's already enough pressure there, to play and succeed and do what he needs to do.
"He just needs to go out and enjoy himself. I mean, this is what he wanted to do his whole life. He's getting a chance to live his dream now." -- Jason Giambi, on the advice he gave to first-round pick Clint Frazier
• All six of Cleveland's runs on Saturday came with two outs. The Tribe entered Sunday with 145 two-out runs this season, tops in the American League.
• The Indians have gone 21 straight games without a save. Prior to Joe Smith's blown save on Saturday, Cleveland had gone 17 consecutive games without a save opportunity.
• With Swisher out of the lineup on Sunday, Mark Reynolds started at first base and John McDonald played third base in his first start since being acquired by Cleveland on June 10. Reynolds last started at first on May 21.
• The Tribe announced that it had signed two more Draft picks on Sunday: 22nd-round selection Ben Heller and 25th-round selection Cole Sulser. Both players are right-handed pitchers taken out of college. Heller attended Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois, while Sulser went to Dartmouth.
Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.