Indians-Orioles preview

BY foxsports • July 24, 2016

BALTIMORE-- Health issues continue to plague both the Baltimore Orioles and the Cleveland Indians heading into the middle game of their three-game series on Saturday night.

The Indians put pitcher Joe Colon on the disabled list Friday due to right shoulder inflammation -- retroactive to July 15 -- and recalled Cody Anderson. He had been sent back to Triple-A Columbus just five days ago and threw 1 1/3 shutout innings in Friday's loss.

Lonnie Chisenhall got scratched from Friday's starting lineup due to a flu/virus. Manager Terry Francona said pre-game that he was unsure how long the outfielder might be sidelined although the skipper put him in to pinch-hit in the ninth before pulling him when the Orioles brought in left-hander Zach Britton.

Pitcher Zach McAllister has been on the disabled list since July 7, and Francona said Friday that he'll throw a side session Saturday and go again Monday. After that, the Indians will evaluate the situation.

And outfielder Michael Brantley underwent an "outpatient procedure to relieve scar tissue buildup in his shoulder," the Indians said on Twitter Friday. Trainer James Quinlan said doctors were happy with what they saw, and Brantley -- on the 60-day disabled list since May 14 with shoulder inflammation -- could re-start baseball activities next week.

Third baseman Juan Uribe then left in the seventh after Odrisamer Despaigne hit him in the helmet with a pitch. Uribe had a head contusion and is listed as day-to-day.

The heat in Baltimore isn't going to be helping much with the temperature expected to be in the mid-to-high 90s throughout the weekend.

"It's pretty hot pretty much everywhere," Francona said. "We want our guys to be prepared but we don't want to leave it on the field before the game so we've tried to minimize (on things)."

For the Indians, Josh Tomlin (10-2, 3.34) gets the start Saturday, going against Kevin Gausman (1-7, 4.05). Tomlin is 6-0 in road games this season and has no record in two starts versus American League East Division teams.

Gausman has pitched well several times despite his record. The Orioles simply have not scored much when he pitches, posting three runs or fewer in 10 of his 16 starts.

The Orioles lost another player due to injury Friday as outfielder Joey Rickard went on the 15-day disabled list with a ligament injury in his right thumb.

Dariel Alvarez was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to replace Rickard, who manager Buck Showalter said will be out about four-to-six weeks. They hope he'll return in September.

Showalter also said catcher Matt Wieters, out for the past four games with a sore foot, is close to coming back. He was available in Friday's game, if needed. Adam Jones returned to the lineup after missing Thursday's contest with the Yankees while recovering from back spasms.

Set-up man Darren O'Day, out since June 3 with a right hamstring strain, also could return in the next few days, if all goes well. He pitched at Double-A Bowie Friday and fared well.

Hamstring issues also put Hyun Soo Kim on the disabled list but he fared well in work on Friday, and Showalter said the outfield could return in a few days. In addition, there's the bad stomach virus that's working its way through the Oriole clubhouse in recent days. Nothing new there for now.

With all these medical issues, the Orioles certainly were glad to return home. Baltimore has played just three games at Camden Yards since June 26.

"Going to Fenway Park and Toronto and Yankee Stadium's a challenge for a lot of reasons," Showalter said. "To have that comfort of going to place that you're comfortable in and you know that people are going to be on your side, that means a lot to us. I don't know how to phrase it but it feels good to be home."

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