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Jason Kipnis | Second Baseman | #22

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Arizona State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 2 (0) / CLE
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Jason Kipnis (shoulder) took swings in the batting cage on Saturday.
He also did some light throwing. Despite the progress he's made, Kipnis is fully expected to begin the year on the disabled list and could miss an additional 3-4 weeks after that. With Kipnis on the shelf, Jose Ramirez will handle second base for the Tribe. Mar 25 - 6:46 PM

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Jason Kipnis will be sidelined for another 4-5 weeks after a second opinion confirmed that he has inflammation in his right shoulder.

The diagnosis doesn't appear to be any worse here, as we already knew Kipnis was nursing soreness in his rotator cuff. The 4-5 week timeline does give us a bit more clarity, though, and in all likelihood it appears Kipnis will at least miss all of April. The Indians are considering moving Jose Ramirez to second base and using Giovanny Urshela and/or Richie Shaffer at third. They could also simply install Michael Martinez and/or Erik Gonzalez at second base.
Mar 19 - 1:27 PM

Jason Kipnis will get a second opinion from Dr. Keith Meister on his ailing right shoulder at the end of this week.

Meister will also look at Cody Anderson, who has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Kipnis will be shut down for a couple weeks as he nurses soreness in his rotator cuff, and he will begin the season on the disabled list. The second baseman did say that if it were the regular season, he would be able to play through the ailment. "Actually I was making a lot of good progression in my hitting and throwing," said Kipnis. "I was starting to be pain free. It was just the side effects of it - there was some other stuff going on not related to baseball movements, like everyday movements that were triggering a pain in the shoulder."
Mar 14 - 6:33 PM

Jason Kipnis will not be ready for Opening Day because of continued soreness in his right rotator cuff.

Kipnis served as a designated hitter in back-to-back Cactus League games Thursday and Friday, but he's still not feeling fully healthy. He'll be shut down for the next two weeks before being re-evaluated. Indians manager Terry Francona insisted that Kipnis is "getting better" and that "nothing has gone haywire," but the club wants to make sure they "knock it out and not get it at 90 or 85 percent. That's why we're doing this." Michael Martinez and Erik Gonzalez would seem to be the most likely internal candidates to fill in at second base while Kipnis is sidelined. Moving Jose Ramirez to second base and using Giovanny Urshela at third is also an option.
Mar 12 - 1:09 PM

Jason Kipnis (shoulder) is set to make his Cactus League debut on Thursday.

He will serve as the Indians' designated hitter in his first live game of the spring. Kipnis was diagnosed with a minor strain of his right rotator cuff in late February. He's expected to begin playing second base next week and should be fine for the start of the regular season if he can avoid setbacks.
Mar 6 - 11:31 AM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Friday that it will likely be another week before Jason Kipnis (shoulder) is able to make his Cactus League debut.

Kipnis, who is dealing with a strained rotator cuff in his right shoulder, will only be able to DH initially. It will be another 4-5 days after that before he's cleared to play second base. The Indians are taking every possible precaution here, but it still sounds like Kipnis should be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 4 - 8:39 AM

Jason Kipnis (shoulder) is on track to make his Cactus League debut next week.

The exact date is undetermined. Kipnis was shut down from throwing for 4-5 days because of a strained right rotator cuff and will need another 4-5 days after serving as a DH before he returns to the field. The injury is certainly something to keep an eye on, but at this point it doesn't look like anything that will keep him from being ready for Opening Day.
Mar 3 - 12:22 PM

Jason Kipnis (shoulder) took batting practice in the indoor batting cage on Wednesday.

Kipnis was shut down from throwing for 4-5 days after being diagnosed with a strained right rotator cuff over the weekend, but it's a good sign that he's able to do some hitting. The plan calls for him to return to on-field batting practice within the next few days. However, it's unclear when he'll begin throwing or be cleared for game action.
Mar 1 - 12:44 PM

Jason Kipnis will be shut down from throwing for 4-5 days after being diagnosed with a strained right rotator cuff.

The Indians have had Kipnis on what they were calling a shoulder strengthening/maintenance program this spring, but they had been saying it was just a precaution. Now we know that the second baseman is actually injured. Kipnis was given a cortisone shot in hopes that it will speed up the healing process. It's obviously unclear at this point as to when Kipnis might be game-ready.
Feb 26 - 11:08 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Team Israel has been in contact with Jason Kipnis about him representing their country in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Kipnis has yet to make a decision on his participation. While he has previously identified himself as a Roman Catholic, his father is Jewish which provides him the opportunity to play for Team Israel should he choose to.
Jan 20 - 7:31 PM

Jason Kipnis finished 3-for-5 with a homer in the Indians' World Series Game 6 loss to the Cubs.

Kipnis recorded the first hit of the night for the Indians in the bottom of the fourth with a double off Jake Arrieta and then scored moments later on an RBI single from Mike Napoli. Kipnis then slugged a solo shot off Arrieta in the bottom of the fifth and added a single off Mike Montgomery in the bottom of the seventh, but the game had pretty much been decided by then. Cleveland will need something similar from its star second baseman in Game 7 on Wednesday. Kipnis also had a three-hit night in Game 4.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 11:57:00 PM

Jason Kipnis supplied three hits including a three-run homer Saturday in the Indians' win over the Cubs in Game 4 of the World Series.

Kipnis has struggled throughout the postseason while playing through a badly sprained ankle, but Saturday he could do no wrong. The Illinois native finished a triple shy of the cycle and put the game away in the seventh inning with a towering three-run shot off Travis Wood. The home run was Kipnis’ third of the postseason. The Indians are now on the verge of winning their first World Series since 1948. They’ll try to clinch with Trevor Bauer on the mound Sunday at Wrigley Field.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 11:43:00 PM

Jason Kipnis put an end to Jake Arrieta's no-hitter bid in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs in Game 2 of the World Series, notching a one-out double in the sixth inning.

Kipnis capitalized on an Arrieta breaker that did not truly break, swatting it up the middle and immediately pushing for extra bases. His aggressiveness paid off in the form of a double and he would ultimately come around to score on a wild pitch one out later. That two-bagger turned out to be the Indians' only extra-base hit of the evening. For his part, Kipnis is now 6-for-36 (.166) with a homer and four RBI this postseason.
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 11:17:00 PM

Indians bench coach Brad Mills told MLB Network on Tuesday that Jason Kipnis' left ankle is "fine."

Kipnis suffered a low ankle sprain while celebrating the final out of the ALCS, but he participated in a normal team workout on Monday and looked spry during pregame drills on Tuesday evening at Progressive Field. Kipnis is starting at second base and batting second in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 04:49:00 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona announced Sunday that Jason Kipnis (ankle) is expected to be fine for Game 1 of the World Series.

Kipnis is dealing with a minor low ankle sprain, but it doesn't sound serious enough to keep him out of the Tribe's lineup in the World Series. He admitted to suffering the injury while jumping around with teammate Francisco Lindor to celebrate the club's pennant-clinching victory over the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS. Kipnis slashed just .053/.100/.211 with one homer and one RBI in 20 plate appearances in the ALCS.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 06:37:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Jose Ramirez
2Erik Gonzalez
LF1Michael Brantley
2Michael Martinez
CF1Tyler Naquin
2Austin Jackson
3Abraham Almonte
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Brandon Guyer
DH1Carlos Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Josh Tomlin
5Trevor Bauer
6Cody Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Bryan Shaw
4Zach McAllister
5Dan Otero
6Boone Logan
7Carlos Frias
8Shawn Armstrong
9Nick Goody
10Kyle Crockett