Kipnis went 3-for-4 with two solo homers and three runs in Friday's 10-2 victory over the Yankees. The 29-year-old blasted one of the Indians' three first-inning homers off young Yankees starter Chad Green, and provided his second straight multi-hit outing. Kipnis has gotten July off to a solid start, slashing .294/.351/.676 over 34 at-bats with three homers, all of which have come in the last two contests.
Updating a previous report, Kipnis has been inserted into Sunday's lineup against the Blue Jays. He'll play second base and bat second in the order. Kipnis was scheduled to receive the day off with lefty J.A. Happ starting for the Blue Jays, but with Juan Uribe still bothered by discomfort in one of his fingers after being hit by a pitch Saturday, the Indians opted to make a late lineup change. A matchup with another lefty starter in the Tigers' Daniel Norris looms on Monday for the Indians, so Kipnis could be rested in that contest if Uribe is deemed ready to go at that point.
Kipnis is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays, Andre Knott of WTAM 1100 reports. Indians manager Terry Francona is likely just shielding the left-handed hitting Kipnis from Blue Jays southpaw J.A. Happ, enabling Jose Ramirez to pick up a start at the keystone. Kipnis owns a .659 career OPS against left-handed pitching, 150 points below his mark against right-handers.
Kipnis is back in the lineup Monday against Atlanta. Kipness fell ill during Saturday's game and was held out of Sunday's contest against Detroit. The day off apparently did him well, as he'll return to his usual second base spot while hitting second in the order against Atlanta's John Gant.
Kipnis (illness) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Tigers. Kipnis ended up departing Saturday's game early after complaining of the illness, and the Indians will exercise precaution by keeping him out of the series finale. He could still be available off the bench, but it's more likely than not that Kipnis will go unused and turn his focus toward getting healthy in time for Monday's series opener with the Braves.
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