Kipnis went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Thursday's win over Minnesota. After missing nearly a month with a hamstring injury, Kipnis has shown a little life at the dish with three extra-base hits through eight games since being activated from the disabled list. Multiple injuries have limited him to just 362 plate appearances, in what's been a disappointing fantasy campaign for the typical standout. Kipnis sports an underwhelming .232/.286/.415 slash line with just 12 homers, 35 RBI, five stolen bases and 40 runs.
Kipnis is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners. Kipnis is still within a week of returning to action, so manager Terry Francona will hold him out with the Indians playing a day game following a night game. Tyler Naquin will get the start in center field Saturday afternoon.
Kipnis is not in the lineup against the Angels on Thursday. Kipnis receives a breather following three straight starts, which marked the first time he's been on the field since Aug. 22, due to a hamstring strain. He started to shake the rust off at the plate during Wednesday's victory, going 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI, earning his first hit since coming off the DL.
Kipnis went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Wednesday's victory over the Angels. Kipnis picked up his first hits since returning from a hamstring injury Sept. 17. In his first two games back, the veteran had gone 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, so Wednesday's effort was an encouraging sign for owners. Manager Terry Francona plans to deploy Kipnis judiciously for now, so using the 30-year-old in weekly leagues carries some risk.
Kipnis will start in center field Tuesday for the second game in a row. With Jose Ramirez and Yandy Diaz both starting regularly in the infield, the Indians are taking a look at Kipnis in center field, and the experiment will continue Tuesday night. Kipnis will hit eighth against Angels starter Tyler Skaggs.
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