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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 injured his left ring-finger during a workout and underwent surgery on Tuesday.
According to beat writer Paul Hoynes, Kipnis should be ready to go for Spring Training. He had a down 2014 campaign which was marred by a nagging oblique injury. When healthy, Kipnis is one of the most dynamic infielders in the game. His 2013 season, in which he batted .284/.366/.452, is indicative of the kind of bat Kipnis has when he's right. Dec 17 - 2:27 PM

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The Indians have given Jason Kipnis a different offseason conditioning program in hopes that he'll lose some weight and add some flexibility.

Kipnis bulked up last winter in hopes of adding more power. The plan backfired, as his bat and foot speed both dropped, leading to a very disappointing season. A nagging oblique injury also was a major factor, but the Indians hope a slimmer Kipnis will bounce back to his All-Star form in 2015.
Oct 19 - 9:46 AM

Jason Kipnis (hamstring) will not play for the rest of the season.

Kipnis has been dealing with a hamstring strain since mid-September and with only two games remaining in the Indians' season, he's being shut down for good. Kipnis registered a disappointing .240/.310/.330 batting line with six homers and 22 stolen bases in 129 games this year. He hit .284/.366/.452 with 17 homers and 30 steals in 149 games last year.
Sep 27 - 4:10 PM

Jason Kipnis is not in the Indians' lineup Wednesday.

He's started just two of the last six games (both in the designated hitter spot) as the Indians proceed cautiously following Kipnis' hamstring injury. With their playoff hopes essentially over, Kipnis doesn't figure to play much in the final days.
Sep 24 - 3:42 PM

Jason Kipnis went 0-for-3 at the dish in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

Kipnis was able to serve as the designated hitter after missing Monday's game with a nagging hamstring injury. It's possible that he'll be limited to DH duty the rest of the way.
Sep 24 - 4:57 AM

Jason Kipnis (hamstring) won't play for the Indians on Monday night against the Royals.

Kipnis will be replaced by Justin Sellers to finish out the suspended game (which begins at 6:05 p.m. ET) and he won't be in the starting lineup for the full game to be played after that. The second baseman tweaked his hamstring on Thursday and is still sore. He has a disappointing .234/.314/.335 slash line this season.
Sep 22 - 3:24 PM

Jason Kipnis (hamstring) finished 2-for-5 with a double in his return to action Sunday.

Kipnis tweaked his hamstring on Thursday and was held out of the Indians' starting lineup on Friday and Saturday, but he returned with a productive game Sunday and should be a full-go for the final week of the regular season. The 27-year-old second baseman will look to finish 2014 on a positive note. He's been a disappointment coming off his breakout 2013.
Sep 22 - 8:41 AM

Jason Kipnis (hamstring) could rejoin the Indians lineup this weekend.

Kipnis sustained the injury in the eighth inning of Thursday's game and was held out Friday as a precautionary measure. It comes at an unfortunate time for fantasy owners, but consider him day-to-day for now.
Sep 20 - 9:30 AM

Jason Kipnis went 2-for-5 with an RBI single in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

August is proving to be Kipnis' best month thus far, as he's hitting .281 with 12 runs scored. The good month has the second baseman's line up to .251/.323/.350, still a disappointing mark considering the expectations placed upon Kipnis heading into the season.
Aug 27 - 12:16 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Adam Moore
1B1Carlos Santana
2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Jose Ramirez
2Mike Aviles
3Tony Wolters
3B1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Giovanny Urshela
LF1Michael Brantley
2Destin Hood
CF1Michael Bourn
2Tyler Holt
RF1Brandon Moss
2David Murphy
3Zach Walters
DH1Nick Swisher
2Ryan Raburn
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Trevor Bauer
5T.J. House
6Gavin Floyd
7Tyler Cloyd
8Shaun Marcum
9Cody Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Marc Rzepczynski
4Scott Atchison
5Kyle Crockett
6Nick Hagadone
7C.C. Lee
8Josh Tomlin
9Austin Adams
10Zach McAllister
11Shawn Armstrong
12Bryan Price
13Dustin Molleken
14Nick Maronde