The Indians are about to get an added jolt into their lineup and some additional hope to their playoff dreams as they activated outfielder Michael Bourn from the disabled list for Friday's game against the Orioles.
Bourn has been sidelined since June 6 with a left hamstring injury that had been problematic since late last season. He is returning with a little more than six weeks left in the season, as Cleveland looks to climb back into the postseason race despite injuries to and inconsistencies from lineup regulars such as Nick Swisher, David Murphy, Jason Kipnis and more.
"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."
It helps that Cleveland also has its ace, Corey Kluber, on the mound Friday. Kluber, who figures to be a big part of any late push the team can manage, is making a strong case for the American League Cy Young Award this season with his recent dominant stretch -- 6-0 with a 1.33 ERA in his past seven starts.
Kluber will match up against the AL East-leading Orioles, who just took two games from the Yankees to improve their record to 9-3 this month, and the O's lead the Majors in home runs with 152.
Baltimore will send left-hander Wei-Yin Chen to the mound, who had his five-game win streak ended on Aug. 6 in Toronto.
He surrendered four runs in five innings for just his first loss since June, and he did not pitch into the sixth inning for only the second time since that month.
Orioles: Machado to DL
Manny Machado is heading back to the disabled list after an MRI on his right knee revealed a ligament sprain. There is no timetable for his return, and Machado chuckled at the suggestion of returning in two weeks when he is eligible.
He says he'll return when he's able "to go out there and be Manny Machado."
Machado was in the midst of his best stretch of the season before heading to the DL. Since returning from his suspension on July 5, Machado is batting .351 with five home runs and had seemed to shed all lingering effects from a left knee injury that kept him out for the first month of the season.
The Orioles recalled infielder Cord Phelps from Triple-A Norfolk to take his place on the roster.
Indians: Swisher to have second opinion on knee
Swisher will have his injured right knee re-examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the Dodgers' team physician who specializes on shoulder, knee and elbow injures, on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Swisher, 33, was placed on the disabled list Sunday with pain in his knee and was examined on Monday. The Indians have not revealed any info on the first exam, but Swisher has been given permission to seek another opinion before determining the next step in his recovery.
"I think what we need to do is allow this process to kind of play itself out," manager Terry 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."
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has been sidelined since Sunday with a sprained left thumb, but he expects to return to the lineup at some point during the weekend series.
Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.