Jason Kipnis has now put together two consecutive solid fantasy seasons, albeit of different flavors. In 2015, he hit for a very high average and hit at the top of the lineup, setting the table for the bigger bats. Last season, he became one of those bigger bats, sacrificing some contact for power and driving the ball more in the air versus into the ground. He set a career high in home runs and runs and nearly did so in RBI. The days of 20-plus steals appear to a thing of the past, and the tradeoff is that he is now a more well-rounded categorical player. He is a tough player to forecast because he has a rather large statistical variance in most categories over the past five seasons. This makes for tricky roster planning, but Kipnis has returned profit in four of the past five seasons, so his owners are rarely left disappointed, regardless of how unpredictable the production is. However, it does appear there will be more power than speed moving forward from the former Sun Devil.
Kipnis (shoulder) began swinging in a cage and participating in light throwing Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Despite the incremental progress, Kipnis is still unlikely to return before mid-April and will open the season on the 10-day DL. The veteran infielder has been hampered by the nagging injury throughout spring camp, appearing in just two games. Michael Martinez will likely man the keystone until his return.
Kipnis is expected to open the season on the 10-day disabled list, and could be sidelined until mid-April, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. The mid-April timeline has yet to be set in stone, and with Kipnis having experienced shoulder issues in the past, it wouldn't be a surprise if the team decides to err on the side of caution and delay his debut. If Kipnis' recovery goes smoothly, the earliest he'd be eligible to return from the 10-day DL would be April 13 at home against the White Sox.
Kipnis (shoulder) will resume hitting and throwing in a week and is expected to be four to five weeks from returning to game action. Kipnis was recently diagnosed with a right shoulder strain, and though he'll be able to advance his strengthening program next week, the team's doctor remains cautious with the second baseman. With that timetable, Kipnis could miss the first few weeks of the season. Michael Martinez appears to be the main beneficiary in the starter's absence.
Kipnis (shoulder) will receive a second opinion later this week, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. He has been diagnosed with a right shoulder strain and was subsequently shut down for the next two weeks, but the injury apparently warrants a second opinion. Kipnis should have already been slightly discounted following the initial diagnosis, and could move further down cheat sheets if the second opinion comes with a prolonged timetable.
Kipnis will be sidelined for the next couple of weeks to heal a right shoulder strain. The veteran second baseman had returned to Cactus League action as a designated hitter earlier in the week, but it seems that his shoulder refuses to comply with the added activity. The Indians opted for the cautious route with one of their stars, but this latest setback now makes it unlikely that Kipnis will be ready for Opening Day. If that's the case, Jose Ramirez would likely man the keystone to begin the season.