8/13/2014 4:54 P.M. ET
Bourn excited to return from DL on Friday
By Jordan Bastian / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- Michael Bourn is on pace to be activated from the disabled list by the Indians on Friday, giving the center fielder a little more than six weeks to do his part in helping Cleveland climb back into the postseason picture.
During a stop at Progressive Field on Wednesday, Bourn said the Indians are fortunate to still be in the running for the playoffs given the amount of obstacles the team has faced this season. Besides Bourn, lineup regulars such as Nick Swisher, David Murphy, Jason Kipnis and others have either missed time with injury or dealt with inconsistency.
"That's the thing about it, man," Bourn said. "That's how much talent I think we have. We're in the thick of things and, for the most part, we haven't had our team on the field. I've been down. Swish has been down. Murph's down. Kip was down a little bit. But we just continue to battle and continue to play as hard as we can.
"We've got good depth on our team. We'll just try to take advantage of that and hopefully make a late push and try to get back into those playoffs."
Bourn -- sidelined since July 6 with a left hamstring injury that has been problematic since late last season -- is scheduled to serve as the designated hitter in one more Minor League rehab game with Triple-A Columbus on Thursday. The center fielder went 1-for-5 with a double for the Clippers on Tuesday, giving him a 2-for-19 showing between rehab stops at Double-A and Triple-A.
Indians manager Terry Francona noted on Wednesday that Bourn was scheduled to play for Cleveland on Friday and Saturday against the Orioles before resting on Sunday. Bourn said he was fine with the plan to gradually work him back into the everyday mix.
"I'm feeling good. I haven't had any issues," Bourn said. "I'm going to try my best not to go out there and hold back, just let myself go. We only have five or six weeks left, so I'll try to put my body in the best situation to play as many games as possible. I'm pretty sure they'll kind of ease me back into it, especially the first week.
"I'm cool with that, because I've been battling it pretty much the whole year. But I feel good. We'll try to keep getting it to where it's stronger. I'm just happy to be back on the field."
Swisher will have injured knee re-examined
CLEVELAND -- The Indians encouraged injured designated hitter Nick Swisher to seek a second opinion on his ailing right knee, and he is following suit.
Prior to Wednesday's doubleheader against the D-backs, Indians manager Terry Francona noted that Swisher is scheduled to have his knee examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Dr. ElAttrache is the Dodgers' team physician and specializes in shoulder, elbow and knee injuries.
"We'll know more then," Francona said.
The 33-year-old Swisher, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with pain in his right knee, was looked at by Dr. Rick Parker on Monday at the Cleveland Clinic. The Indians did not reveal the results of that first exam, but noted that Swisher was given permission to see another doctor before determining the next step in his recovery.
Cleveland has also not said whether surgery is under consideration.
"I think what we need to do is allow this process to kind of play itself out," Francona said on Tuesday. "With the ballclub's help and urging, he's going to get another opinion and we're trying to align that right now. When we have information that's solid -- and when and where and all that -- we will give it to you guys."
Through 97 games this season, Swisher has hit .208 with eight home runs, 20 doubles, 42 RBIs, 36 walks, 111 strikeouts and an uncharacteristically low .278 on-base percentage. Over the previous 10 seasons in the Majors, Swisher turned in a .255/.358/.462 slash line with at least 20 homers in each of the past nine years.
Quote to note
"A half hour turned into an hour and an hour turned into two hours. Then, they finally decided at 11:30 [p.m. ET] that we'd play. At 11:29, it started raining. That was perfect. Whoever was doing the forecasting last night had a bad night."
-- Indians manager Terry Francona, on Tuesday's lengthy delay that turned into a rainout
• Infielders Mike Aviles, Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis each did a series of tarp slides on the field shortly before Tuesday's game against the D-backs was postponed due to rain. Indians manager Terry Francona was alerted of the high jinks ahead of time and had no issue with his players having a little fun.
"They were just messing around," Francona said.
• Left-hander T.J. House logged only 46 pitches in 3 1/3 innings prior to Tuesday's postponement, but his outing (along with the rest of the game's stats) was wiped away. Even with the light workload for House, Francona said Cleveland's rotation plans are unchanged for the upcoming weekend series with the Orioles.
• Double-A Akron outfielder Anthony Gallas went 4-for-5 with a home run in the RubberDucks' 5-4 win over Portland on Tuesday. The 26-year-old Gallas -- a product of Strongsville, Ohio, and Kent State University -- has hit .302 with 20 homers (the most in the farm system) and 69 RBIs through 113 games this season.