Bourn excited to return from DL on Friday

Bourn excited to return from DL on Friday

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."

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