September 16, 2014

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Indians notes: Michael Bourn set for activation; Nick Swisher seeking second opinion

Michael Bourn

Michael Bourn

CLEVELAND — Michael Bourn (left hamstring strain) is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list Friday, while Nick Swisher is headed in a different direction.

Bourn, who has been sidelined since July 6 — his second stint on the injured list with a left hamstring issue — is expected to play Friday and Saturday, then take Sunday off. Manager Terry Francona said Bourn would not play every day when he returns.

Meanwhile, Swisher, who was placed on the DL on Sunday with right knee soreness, is scheduled to be examined Tuesday in Los Angeles by Dodgers team physician — Dr. Neal ElAttrache — who specializes in elbow, shoulder and knee injuries.

Swisher was examined Monday at the Cleveland Clinic and it is believed surgery was suggested.

It’s been another injury-plagued and ineffective season for both of the Indians’ big-name 2013 offseason acquisitions.

Bourn, who signed a four-year contract worth $48 million, hit .263 with six home runs, 50 RBIs and 23 stolen bases during his debut season with Cleveland last year. He’s played in 82 games this season, batting .267 with three homers, 21 RBIs and seven stolen bases.

Swisher, who signed the most lucrative free-agent contract in Indians history — five years, $56 million — batted .246 with 22 homers and 63 RBIs in 145 games in 2013. He’s played in 97 games this season, hitting .208 with eight homers and 42 RBIs, while striking out a team-high 111 times.

Next up

The Indians are off today, resuming the homestand with a three-game series against Baltimore that begins Friday at 7:05 p.m.

Corey Kluber (13-6, 2.46 ERA) opens the set for Cleveland, opposing LHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-4, 3.90), while Carlos Carrasco (4-4, 3.60) starts for the Indians on Saturday (7:05 p.m.) against RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (4-8, 4.51).

T.J. House (1-3, 4.13) goes for Cleveland in the series finale Sunday (1:05 p.m.), while the Orioles counter with RHP Kevin Gausman (6-4, 3.90).

Minor details

  • Triple-A Columbus’ Danny Salazar (4-6, 3.71 ERA) allowed just a run on five hits, while striking out nine over seven innings of a 6-1 over Lehigh Valley on Tuesday.
  • Clippers shortstop Francisco Lindor entered Wednesday batting .233 (20-for-86) with three homers and nine RBIs in 20 games since being promoted from Double-A Akron. He went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs in Tuesday’s win.
  • Akron’s Anthony Gallas had another big game in a 5-4 win at Portland on Tuesday, going 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs. Gallas, a Strongsville High graduate and Kent State University product, was hitting .329 with 12 homers and 38 RBIs in 55 games for the RubberDucks through Tuesday.
  • Cleveland’s first-round draft pick (21st overall) this year, outfielder Bradley Zimmer, entered Wednesday batting .298 with two homers and 20 RBIs in 31 games for Class A Mahoning Valley.

Roundin’ third

  • The Indians played their fourth doubleheader of the season. Entering the second game, Cleveland had posted a 20-6 record in twin bills since 2010.
  • Progressive Field public address announcer Bob Tayek is taking a personal leave of absence for the remainder of the season. He will be replaced by different personnel from the Indians, Cavaliers and Browns.

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