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Jason Kipnis | Second Baseman

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 185
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Jason Kipnis went 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run home run, but the Indians lost by one run to the Mariners on Thursday.
The Indians hung a three-spot on the Mariners in the third, but Kipnis answered back with a two-run homer in the bottom half of the inning, part of the Indians' own three-spot. Kipnis has been slumping at the plate and recently acknowledged that his right oblique muscle is still bothering him. He's slashing .243/.322/.356 with six home runs, 36 RBI, and 15 stolen bases. Jul 31 - 10:58 PM

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Jason Kipnis acknowledged Monday that his right oblique muscle is still an issue and will likely linger for the rest of the season.

Kipnis missed about a month after straining his right oblique muscle in late April and he's still trying to make adjustments to his swing in order to get comfortable. "I wouldn't use the word progress, I'd use the word adjustment," said Kipnis. "As far as the oblique goes, it's going to be there all year. It's not going to go away until the offseason. What I can do is find a swing that works for me. I thought we may have found something coming out of Detroit. It was a step in the right direction and we're going to keep making adjustments day to day and pitch to pitch and see how it goes." Kipnis was named the American League Player of the week on Monday after he went 5-for-15 (.333) with two homers and six RBI during a four-game series against the Tigers, but those looking for a big second half might end up disappointed.
Jul 22 - 9:08 AM

Jason Kipnis blasted a pair of home runs and drove home four runs on Friday, powering the Indians to a 9-3 victory over the Tigers.

His first blast was the critical blow in the ballgame, victimizing Al Alburquerque with two-outs in the seventh inning to transform a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead for the Indians. He would later tack on a solo shot off Chad Smith in the ninth inning, finishing the night 2-for-5.
Jul 19 - 12:08 AM

Jason Kipnis singled three times, walked, and stole two bases in five plate appearances as the Indians enjoyed a come-from-behind victory over the Yankees on Thursday.

Kipnis now has back-to-back-to-back multi-hit games and six in nine July games. He has also stolen five bases in his last three games. The power still hasn't shown up for him yet the way it did last season, however, as he has a mediocre .262/.335/.361 slash line with three home runs, 23 RBI, and 13 stolen bases.
Jul 10 - 10:48 PM

Jason Kipnis singled twice in four at-bats, stole two bases, and scored a run as the Indians defeated the Yankees on Tuesday.

Kipnis now has four multi-hit games out of seven in July, but he has essentially been a singles machine, logging only one extra-base hit in his last 10 games. The pair of stolen bases gives him 10 on the season in 11 attempts, and he's slashing .253/.327/.357 with three home runs and 23 RBI.
Jul 8 - 10:12 PM

Jason Kipnis went 1-for-4 with a two-run double and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

With two outs in the eighth inning, Kipnis connected with a Jason Vargas pitch to bring in the first two Indians runs of the game after their 17-run outburst the previous night. Kipnis came around to score on a Carlos Santana single, his seventh run scored in his last six games. The second baseman is 11-for-34 (.324) with six RBI in his current eight-game hitting streak, raising his overall line to .250/.350/.364.
Jun 10 - 11:21 PM

Indians activated 2B Jason Kipnis from the disabled list.

Kipnis wound up missing close to four weeks with a strained right oblique. He was off to a sluggish start before the injury but is capable of picking it up in a hurry. Plug him back into fantasy lineups immediately.
May 28 - 4:43 PM

Jason Kipnis (oblique) is not expected to return to the Indians' starting lineup until Wednesday.

Kipnis could be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, but the Indians want to give him a day of rest after he plays in his final minor league rehab game Monday. The star second baseman has been on the disabled list since April 30 with a right oblique strain. Mike Aviles has played well in Kipnis' absence.
May 26 - 3:05 PM

Jason Kipnis (oblique) is on track to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

He had been in line to return Monday, but the Indians have decided to have him play one more rehab game at Triple-A Columbus. Kipnis had a three-run homer Saturday in his second rehab contest. The second baseman has been on the shelf since April 30 because of a right oblique strain.
May 25 - 3:48 PM

Jason Kipnis (oblique) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Columbus.

If all goes smoothly, the second baseman will be activated from the disabled list Monday (May 26) for the Indians' series-opener against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Kipnis has been on the shelf since April 30 because of a right oblique strain.
May 20 - 5:01 PM

Jason Kipnis (oblique) hopes to begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

Kipnis has advanced from tee work to hitting live pitching in the batting cage and also did some fielding drills and sprinting on Monday. "There's a plan. It's not set in stone yet," Kipnis said. "We still have some hoops to jump through. If those go well, hopefully we can do rehab games by the end of the week. That's the idea, but we still have to crank it up in terms of the amount of swings, the intensity of swings, grounders, throws."
May 19 - 8:49 PM

Jason Kipnis (oblique) could begin a rehab assignment next week.

Kipnis began hitting off a tee earlier this week and should be cleared for batting practice soon. The second baseman is tracking towards a return before the end of the month. He's been on the shelf with an oblique strain since late April.
May 16 - 4:50 PM

Jason Kipnis (oblique) has begun hitting off a tee.

Kipnis was placed on the disabled list at the beginning of May with a right oblique strain and is not expected to return to the Indians' active roster for at least another two weeks. Mike Aviles has been getting the majority of playing time at second base.
May 13 - 5:34 PM

Jason Kipnis (oblique) will take some dry swings this weekend.

Kipnis is feeling better, as he's no longer experiencing any soreness with his oblique during daily activity. It's not clear when he'll be allowed to do any hitting, but it sounds like it shouldn't be too far off. Kipnis is a week into his projected 3-5 week timetable.
May 9 - 5:44 PM

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Friday that he expects Jason Kipnis (oblique) to miss the next 3-5 weeks.

Kipnis was placed on the disabled list earlier Friday with a right oblique strain, an injury he suffered during Tuesday's game. It's obviously a tough blow to an Indians team that has already lost six straight games. Elliot Johnson is making a second straight start at second base Friday but seems likely to share the position with others.
May 2 - 4:36 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Carlos Santana
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Jose Ramirez
2Mike Aviles
3B1Lonnie Chisenhall
LF1Michael Brantley
2Chris Dickerson
CF1Michael Bourn
RF1David Murphy
2Zach Walters
DH1Nick Swisher
2Ryan Raburn
3Jason Giambi
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Trevor Bauer
3T.J. House
4Carlos Carrasco
5Danny Salazar
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Marc Rzepczynski
4Scott Atchison
5Kyle Crockett
6Nick Hagadone
7C.C. Lee
8Josh Tomlin