Jason Kipnis Injury: Updates on Indians Star's Abdominal and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2014

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Updates from Wednesday, May 28

The Indians official Twitter account has big news regarding Jason Kipnis' status: 

Updates from Sunday, May 25

Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com broke down the remainder of Jason Kipnis' rehab as he edges closer to returning to the Indians:

Updates from Friday, May 16

MLB.com's Jordan Bastian has an update on Kipnis' status:

Bastian also passes along Kipnis' comments on his recovery:

Updates from Tuesday, May 13

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com provides an update on Jason Kipnis' injury:

Updates from Friday, May 9

FOX Sports Ohio's Joe Reedy has an update on Kipnis' return:

Updates from Friday, May 2

The Indians official Twitter feed reports some bad news on second baseman Jason Kipnis:

The Chronicle Telegram's Chris Assenheimer added to that:

Updates from Wednesday, April 30

While the severity of Kipnis' abdominal injury is still unknown, he is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Angels according to the Indians' Twitter account:

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com provided further details on how quickly Kipnis will be back in the lineup: 

With an off-day on Thursday, Cleveland could wait until Friday to determine whether Kipnis should be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

"We could wait longer than that," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "There's no rush to put a guy on the DL. We can handle it. We'll just kind of see how he responds."

Francona said the good news was that Kipnis felt improvement when he woke up on Wednesday.

"We've all seen it and been around it," Francona said, "where, during the action of a game, a guy feels like it's minimal. Then they wake up in the morning and feel like they've got a knife stuck in them. He doesn't feel like that, so that's good."

Original Text

The last thing the Cleveland Indians needed was an injury to Jason Kipnis, but that's exactly what they got Tuesday night.

The star second baseman injured what looked like his abdomen in the fourth inning of the Indians' game with the Los Angeles Angels, per Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer:

Kipnis was replaced in the lineup by Mike Aviles:

Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com later provided a statement from Kipnis discussing the injury:

After Tuesday, he was hitting .234 and had hit three home runs with 12 RBI. Although those aren't great numbers, they're much better than what many of his Indians teammates have done this year. Cleveland was 24th in batting average, 22nd in OPS and 25th in slugging. Taking Kipnis' bat out of the lineup won't help.

The Indians desperately need things to start going right. Their 11-15 start has them anchored at the bottom of the American League Central. Without Kipnis, that's likely where they're going to stay.

The longer the 27-year-old is out, the longer it will also take him to break out of his early-season slump. The All-Star of 2013 is nowhere to be seen so far in 2014.