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Morin activated; Pestano optioned

Morin activated; Pestano optioned

ARLINGTON -- Right-hander Mike Morin (left foot laceration) was activated off the disabled list Saturday, as expected, and newly acquired reliever Vinnie Pestano drew the short straw.

Pestano, acquired from the Indians for Minor League pitcher Michael Clevinger on Aug. 7, was sent back to Triple-A Salt Lake as the corresponding move to keep the Angels' bullpen at seven relievers.

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The 29-year-old sidearmer struck out the side and walked a batter in his only inning of work with the Angels, who promoted him three days after the trade. In the Indians' Triple-A affiliate, Pestano showed signs of returning to the form he displayed in the Majors from 2011-12, posting a 1.78 ERA while striking out 11 batters per nine innings in 32 appearances.

The Angels want more time to evaluate him.

"We'll get a chance to see that now," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He definitely showed enough in the one outing where we saw the life in his ball was there. It's going to be good for him to pitch regularly down there to clean things up and help us at the Major League level. We'll get another look at him at some point."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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