Lidle, 11-11 with a 6.21 ERA, has made just one start since Aug. 7 because of a strained left groin.
Right after being activated from the disabled list, the right-hander was smacked around by Oakland, allowing seven runs and nine hits over four innings in an 8-6 loss on Monday.
The veteran right-hander has been brutal since the beginning of June, going 3-8 with an 8.46 ERA over his last 13 starts. Lidle hasn’t won since beating Baltimore 5-3 on July 25. He began the season 8-2 in 11 starts.
The Blue Jays are hoping Lidle can stifle the Indians much like teammate Kelvim Escobar did on Friday.
Escobar pitched four-hit ball over eight innings and Toronto overcame a three-run deficit to defeat Cleveland 7-3.
The Indians have won five of their last seven despite some key injuries.
Milton Bradley, out since Aug. 10 with a sore back, traveled to Los Angeles on Friday to be examined by Dr. Bob Watkins. There is no timetable for his return. Bradley leads the team with a .321 batting average and 17 stolen bases.
Right-hander Jason Davis, who missed his last start with tendinitis in his right shoulder, will likely not pitch this weekend.
“We’ll probably skip Jason, though I don’t think we’ll shut him down,” manager Eric Wedge said. “He’s probably going to get three more starts this season.”
STANDINGS: Blue Jays - 3rd place, 15 1/2 GB, AL East. Indians - 4th place, 11 GB, AL Central.
BLUE JAYS PROBABLE STARTER: Lidle (11-11, 6.21 ERA). The 31-year-old right-hander is 2-2 with a 2.10 ERA in four career starts against Cleveland. Lidle has allowed a combined 13 earned runs in his last two starts.
INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Jake Westbrook (6-7, 4.78 ERA). Westbrook is coming off a 7-5 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. The 25-year-old righty allowed four runs and nine hits over five innings to pick up the win. Westbrook is 3-3 with a 5.08 ERA at Jacobs Field this season.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Blue Jays - Vernon Wells, .314 avg.; Delgado, 34 HRs, 120 RBIs and 102 runs; Bobby Kielty, 6 SBs. Indians - Bradley, .321 avg. and 17 SBs.; Jody Gerut, 18 HRs and 64 RBIs; Casey Blake, 68 runs.
SEASON SERIES: Blue Jays, 1-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Blue Jays - OF Wells has hit safely in 38 of his last 42 games. … DH Phelps has 12 RBIs in his last 14 starts. … 1B Delgado leads the AL with 120 RBIs. Indians - 2B Brandon Phillips, hit in the right wrist by a pitch Wednesday, threw a baseball Friday, but had soreness when gripping a bat. He’s listed as day-to-day. … OF Gerut is hitting .304 against righties but just .232 against lefties. … OF Matt Lawton has not hit a home run since coming of the 15-day DL nine games ago. Lawton hit 15 home runs before the All-Star break.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blue Jays - 37-32 on the road; Indians - 34-35 at home.
INJURIES: Blue Jays - LHP Doug Creek (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Bob File (shoulder), 60-day DL. Indians - C Victor Martinez (ankle), 15-day DL; INF John McDonald (back), 15-day DL; OF Bradley (back), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Boyd (arm), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Ricky Gutierrez (back), 60-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (elbow), 60-day DL.