The Indians will look to righty Trevor Bauer to clinch a series victory on Sunday in the finale of their four-game series with the Orioles in Baltimore. Bauer is just one of several rookies who have stepped in to help the injury-plagued Tribe.
Zach McAllister was placed on the disabled list on Thursday as the latest Cleveland casualty, as the Indians are going with a rookie-heavy group. T.J. House got his first career start on Friday and took a loss, but Cleveland is happy with the depth its group has shown.
"We always try to be really cognizant of our depth; that's one of the things we talked about at the outset of Spring Training," Tribe general manager Chris Antonetti said. "Our depth's been tested here early on, but it's good to have quality options to turn to."
Bauer notched his first win of the season, outdueling Justin Verlander with seven innings of two-run ball on Tuesday. He has a 2.25 ERA in two starts, the first coming April 9, and he will need to slow down Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis.
Markakis has helped lift the O's lineup since moving to the leadoff spot full-time after brief stints in the Nos. 2, 3 and 5 spots. He's hit .307 (58-for-189) in his current string of 21 games as the leadoff hitter, and .298 overall at the top of the order.
"Nick's one of those guys that you only really miss him when he's gone, when he's hurt. As close as we came last year and the year before, not having him around is a challenge," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He's so consistent, everything that he does. I don't think he feels the pressure to do things from the leadoff spot that he might feel in other places, but he's capable of hitting about anywhere you want to hit him in the batting order.
"The thing that separates him from so many left-handed hitters is he doesn't give on left-handers. You never feel like the pitcher really has an advantage because of his approach."
Miguel Gonzalez will try to salvage a split for the O's. He tossed six innings of two-run ball Tuesday against the Pirates, his fifth quality start this season.
Indians: Chisenhall finally reaching potential
A first-round pick in 2008, Lonnie Chisenhall hit just .244 with a .284 on-base percentage and just 60 extra-base hits in 643 at-bats through his first three seasons.
Something appears to have finally clicked. His average is up to .382 entering play Sunday, and his OPS a robust 1.006.
"I'm just kind of relaxing and taking what's given to me," Chisenhall said. "Instead of just swinging and hoping something good happens, I have a plan. It was a long road to get to where I am now. I'm happy where I'm at."
Orioles: Hundley bolsters catching depth
To provide another option behind the plate while Matt Wieters in on the disabled list, the Orioles acquired catcher Nick Hundley and cash considerations from the Padres for lefty Troy Patton prior to Saturday's game against the Indians.
The 30-year-old Hundley has been on the Orioles' wish list ever since Wieters went on the DL with an elbow injury that may require surgery. In that case, having a veteran presence behind the plate is a must. Hundley batted .271 with a homer and three RBIs in 33 games for the Padres, and is a career .238 hitter with 47 homers and 195 RBIs.
"Hundley is a proven veteran catcher," Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said in a text message with MLB.com. "[He] handles pitchers well and has power to stabilize [the] team."
• Nick Swisher got his second straight day off due to a knee injury on Saturday. The Indians slugger has been getting treatment, and he said manager Terry Francona is giving him a few days off so he can get back to 100 percent. Francona said after Saturday's win that he expects Swisher to play Sunday.
• Asdrubal Cabrera's knee is getting better, but the big toe on his right foot -- which he fouled a pitch off of -- is still bothering the Indians shortstop. Cabrera is aiming for a return during the Indians' upcoming series against the White Sox, and Francona said after Saturday's game that the shortstop will probably get one more day off before returning on Monday.
• Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (right groin stiffness) was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game on Saturday afternoon, although the O's are optimistic he could be available to them soon, perhaps as early as Sunday.
Joe Popely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.