Indians All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis was forced to leave Tuesday night's game against the Angels due to an abdominal injury. Initially, it was thought that Kipnis might need to be placed on the disabled list. The injury, however, felt improved enough to Kipnis Wednesday that he felt like the DL might be avoided.
"I feel all right," Kipnis said (MLB.com). "You're always going to feel a little bit sore in the morning after something like this happens, but I feel all right. I'm getting a lot of treatment right now. I think that's going to help it a lot. With today off and tomorrow off, we'll see how it feels and go from there."
Kipnis injured himself on a double play (watch here on MLB.com) Tuesday night and initially said it felt like someone punched him in the back. With Thursday off, as Kipnis referenced, he could have a few days off and conceivably return Friday. Elliot Johnson is in the lineup at second for the Indians Wednesday night.
For whatever it's worth, Kipnis has been known to try and play through injuries. Considering that and the attitude about the injury from Kipnis and his manager (Terry Francona told reporters he was fine to wait a few days instead of placing Kipnis on the DL), it sounds like a decent chance a DL stint is avoided.
Kipnis, 27, is hitting .234/.354/.394 with six doubles, three homers, 12 RBI, 12 runs and four steals thus far. He had a terrible April last season before getting hot and finishing 11th in AL MVP voting.