Kipnis is out of the lineup Monday against the Red Sox. Cleveland has made it clear that Kipnis will be closely monitored so that additional injuries to the second baseman can be avoided. Kipnis, who's dealt with a string of upper and lower body ailments this season, will sit out Monday night while Jose Ramirez moves over to second base and Giovanny Urshela heads to the hot corner.
Kipnis went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored during Thursday's afternoon win over Minnesota. Kipnis went 0-for-4 in the evening game of the doubleheader and now sports a disappointing .228/.286/.405 slash line for the season. He's been limited to just 74 games because of multiple injuries, and his production when healthy hasn't been up to the standard of years past. Still, with Cleveland in contention and running out a strong lineup, Kipnis remains in position to succeed with the potential to finish 2017 strong.
Kipnis, who's dealt with a handful of injuries this season, will be monitored closely for the time being, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. Manager Terry Francona wants to ensure the second baseman gets into a rhythm at the plate, but will do so with care. "We're going to keep an eye him,'' said Francona. "I check with him every day." Aside from Kipnis' recent hamstring issues, he's now wearing a harness on his upper body for 30 minutes a day. "It's to improve my posture for my neck problems," said Kipnis. "I slouch, this forces the shoulders back, gets the neck up and resets the spine." Owners would be wise to approach the veteran on a day-to-day basis the rest of the way.
Kipnis (hamstring) will start at second base and bat second Monday against the Red Sox. Kipnis was out of the lineup for the third straight game Sunday against the Rays, but the fact that he was able to enter the contest off the bench and log two at-bats signaled that he wasn't on tap for another stint on the disabled list due to the recurring hamstring issue. After the injury presented no complications overnight, Kipnis will now settle back into his regular role in the middle infield, resulting in Giovanny Urshela moving to the bench.
Kipnis (hamstring) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rays, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Indians were hopeful to have Kipnis back in the starting nine for the series finale, but the second baseman will require a third consecutive day off as he battles a hamstring injury, the same issue that had forced him to the disabled list shortly before the All-Star break. Though it didn't take long for Kipnis to endure a setback after he returned from the injury earlier this month, it's not expected that another DL stint will be on the horizon this time around. Nonetheless, Kipnis' absence will prompt the Indians to move Jose Ramirez from third base to the keystone for the day, allowing Giovanny Urshela to come off the bench and pick up another start at the hot corner.
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