If you checked out at the All-Star break last year, you may wonder why Jason Kipnis isn't higher among second basemen. He seemed like the best money could buy for the better part of the first half, batting .397 with five homers, eight steals and bunches of doubles in May and June alone to suggest that his 2014 struggles were largely injury-related. But from then on, he hit .254 with a .693 OPS, leaving him with ordinary numbers even at a position without a true standout. He fell short of double-digit homers for the second straight year and no longer seems like a viable steals threat after going 12 for 20, so his value largely hinges on his batting average. He'll be one of the first 10 second basemen drafted in 2016, but he's decidedly less than elite.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went 2 for 4 with a double in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Indians. Kipnis posted his second consecutive two-hit outing and maintained his average over .300. After enduring a fairly rough first half of September, Kipnis is now hitting .385 (5-for-13) over his last three games.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went 2 for 5 with an RBI in an 8-4 loss to the Royals on Thursday. Kipnis got his average back up to .300 with the performance and he may be getting hot again. Over his last four games, Kipnis has a homer, three RBI and two runs scored. The second baseman was one of the best stories in the first half and a dreadful second half may be due to the accumulation of injuries he has suffered throughout the season. He'll look to put in a strong last few weeks to make one final push at the playoffs for the surging tribe.
Indians 2B Jason Kipnis went 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored in a 5-1 win over the Royals on Wednesday. Kipnis has been struggling mightily as his average has dropped nearly .30 points since the end of July. In September, Kipnis has just seven hits in 54 at-bats and the injuries really seem to be catching up to him at this point. With that said, he does have two RBI and two runs scored over his last three games, so he's still providing fantasy owners with counting stats.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. Kipnis was placed on the DL earlier this month with inflammation in his shoulder. He is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, but he will be available off the bench for manager Terry Francona. In a corresponding move, infielder Chris Johnson was placed on the disabled list.
The desire of Terry Francona to use top hitters Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis as designated hitters upon their return to the Indians has created a dilemma. Brantley and Kipnis, both of whom have been sidelined with shoulder issues, should be ready to roll Monday in Boston. But only one, of course, can DH. That could result in Kipnis being pushed back to Tuesday, per MLB.com. The former received a cortisone shot Friday and joined the club in Minneapolis on Saturday. Kipnis is eligible to come off the disabled list Monday. "I don't even know if we'd activate [Kipnis] or not [Monday]," Francona said. "It's going to be close. He certainly can be activated, but he's not ready to play second. ... I think Kip's kind of chomping at the bit, which I don't blame him."
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