Updates from Wednesday, May 28
The Indians official Twitter account has big news regarding Jason Kipnis' status:
INF Jason Kipnis activated from 15-day DL; INF Justin Sellers optioned to Triple-A Columbus— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 28, 2014
Tonight's #Indians lineup: Bourn-CF Cabrera-SS Brantley-LF Kipnis-2B Chisenhall-3B Giambi-DH Gomes-C Murphy-RF Aguilar-1B House-LHP— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 28, 2014
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:
Jason Kipnis has day off today, but will play one more game on rehab assignment before joining Tribe Tuesday in Chicago.— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) May 25, 2014
Kipnis, Francona and Antonetti wanted him to play Monday. Trainer convinced them to wait one more day. Kipnis homered Saturday.— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) May 25, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 16
MLB.com's Jordan Bastian has an update on Kipnis' status:
Francona: Kipnis (right oblique) doing well. Might be cleared for Minors rehab some time next week.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) May 16, 2014
Bastian also passes along Kipnis' comments on his recovery:
Kipnis (on DL, R. oblique): "We're making our way -- ahead of schedule. We're not rushing it, and we're showing good signs right now."— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) May 16, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, May 13
Jordan Bastian of MLB.com provides an update on Jason Kipnis' injury:
Francona: Kipnis (oblique) has started hitting off a tee and is feeling good. Indians starting to map out a return-to-games plan.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) May 13, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 9
FOX Sports Ohio's Joe Reedy has an update on Kipnis' return:
#Indians say Kipnis is on track to initiate lower level baseball activity/dry swings this weekend. Timetable still 3-5 weeks— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) May 9, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 2
The Indians official Twitter feed reports some bad news on second baseman Jason Kipnis:
Roster move: 2B Jason Kipnis placed on 15-day DL (R oblqiue strain, retro 4/30) INF Jose Ramirez (#11) recalled from AAA Columbus— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 2, 2014
The Chronicle Telegram's Chris Assenheimer added to that:
Looks like Kipnis is going to be sidelined for 3-5 weeks. #Indians— Chris AssenheimerC-T (@CAwesomeheimer) May 2, 2014
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:
Today's #Indians lineup: Bourn-CF Aviles-LF Swisher-1B Santana-3B Raburn-DH Cabrera-SS Gomes-C Murphy-RF Johnson-2B McAllister-RHP— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) April 30, 2014
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."
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 left with left ab strain.— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) April 30, 2014
Kipnis was replaced in the lineup by Mike Aviles:
Middle 4th: Aviles enters as defensive replacement for Kipnis at 2B; more info as it becomes available— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) April 30, 2014
Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com later provided a statement from Kipnis discussing the injury:
Kipnis on injury: "I felt somebody punched me in the back. I couldn't breath running down to 1B."— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) April 30, 2014
Indians made no announcement on Kipnis going to DL. Tito said they're going to wait until Wed. morning to further evaluate him.— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) April 30, 2014
Tito says training staff hoping Kipnis' abdominal injury is "cramp.' Hoped for same thing with Bourn's hamstring. That took four weeks.— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) April 30, 2014
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.