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Jason Kipnis | Second Baseman

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Jason Kipnis hit a two-run home run, his first of spring, in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Brewers.
Kipnis has been sidelined by back spasms recently, but he's back and showed no signs of lingering issues Saturday. The second baseman hit a two-run shot off Brewers starter Wily Peralta in the third inning. He finished 1-for-3 in the game. Assuming he stays feeling alright, Kipnis should be just fine for Opening Day. Mar 28 - 7:18 PM

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Jason Kipnis (back) returned to Cactus League play on Thursday.

Kipnis singled in his first at-bat and also made a diving play in the field. Most importantly, he didn't have any issues with his back. The second baseman got a late start while working his way back from finger surgery and also missed over a week with back spasms, but he fully expects to be fine for Opening Day. "Some guys need 30 at-bats, some guys need 80 at-bats," said Kipnis. "If you're going good, you want to get going faster. I'm feeling good at the plate so I'm ready to start whenever we get there. If I get 20 or 30 more at-bats, that will be great for me."
Mar 27 - 10:38 AM

Jason Kipnis (back) could get into a Cactus League game Thursday.

"The plan is, if he feels good, we'll play him tomorrow," Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday. "But, you want to kind of reserve the right to [change your mind], if he needs a day. But, I think all signs are pointing that he was moving around pretty good." Kipnis played in a minor league game Wednesday and came out of it feeling good. He's been sidelined for over a week with back spasms but should still be good to go for Opening Day.
Mar 25 - 6:30 PM

Jason Kipnis (back) will play in a minor league game Wednesday.

Kipnis has been sidelined for a little over a week with back spasms, but he'll get some at-bats on the minor league side Wednesday and play five innings on defense. The hope is that he'll be cleared to return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday. The Indians remain optimistic that he'll be ready for the start of the season.
Mar 25 - 12:28 PM

Jason Kipnis (back) took 50 swings in the batting cages on Monday without any issues.

Kipnis felt good a day after Monday's session and could return to action in a minor league game as early as Wednesday. The Indians and Kipnis remain optimistic on the second baseman's availability for Opening Day.
Mar 24 - 8:18 PM

Jason Kipnis (back) missed a fifth straight Cactus League game Monday and has yet to be cleared for baseball activities.

Kipnis is nursing a back issue and has been limited to indoor exercises to this point. There's been no indication to this point that the ailment could affect his availability for Opening Day, but Kipnis has been limited to just 22 plate appearances this spring due to his recovery from finger surgery and now the back issue.
Mar 23 - 7:54 PM

Jason Kipnis will be sidelined for the remainder of the weekend due to back spasms.

Kipnis was a late scratch from Thursday's lineup and was held out on Friday as well. The Indians aren't yet concerned that the injury will effect his availability for the start of the regular season. He will receive extra at-bats in minor league contests next week provided the issue clears up.
Mar 21 - 2:38 PM

Jason Kipnis was scratched from Thursday's game versus the Mariners with mid-back spasms.

It's not clear at this point how long the ailment might sideline him. Kipnis already got a late start to the Cactus League season as he worked his way back from surgery in December to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger. The Indians should have more on his status later Thursday.
Mar 19 - 7:48 PM

Jason Kipnis (finger) is scheduled to make his 2015 Cactus League debut on Saturday.

Kipnis needed surgery in December to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger, but he is expected to be 100 percent by the beginning of the regular season. The 27-year-old second baseman was a disappointment in 2014, but that just makes him a better value in drafts for the 2015 campaign. There's huge fantasy upside here.
Mar 5 - 11:49 AM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Jason Kipnis (finger) will likely make his Cactus League debut this weekend.

The Indians are easing Kipnis into things after December surgery to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger. The 27-year-old is coming off a disappointing season in which he batted just .240/.310/.330 with six home runs and 41 RBI over 129 games, but there's serious rebound potential if he's feeling good.
Mar 3 - 12:04 PM

Jason Kipnis (finger) could miss the first 2-3 Cactus League games as he continues to recover from December's surgery to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger.

The 27-year-old is progressing nicely in his recovery and should soon be hitting without any restrictions. He's looking to rebound from a tremendously disappointing 2014 campaign in which he slashed .240/.310/.330 with six homers and 41 RBI in 129 contests.
Feb 28 - 3:33 PM

The Indians are hoping Jason Kipnis (finger) will resume hitting on the field next week and be cleared for game action shortly into the Cactus League schedule.

Kipnis had surgery in December on his left ring finger to repair tendon damage. It was considered a relatively minor operation, as the second baseman is unrestricted with defense and throwing and is building up his hitting program gradually. He'll be fine come Opening Day.
Feb 19 - 7:42 PM

Jason Kipnis (finger) has already reported to the Indians spring training complex in Goodyear and the team is pleased with his physical condition.

The 27-year-old is coming off a disappointing and injury-plagued 2014 season where he hit .240/.310/.330 with just six long balls and 41 RBI in 129 games. He has reported to camp leaner this season and manager Terry Francona has urged him to return to his natural swing, hitting the ball to all fields as opposed to trying to generate more power. Provided he can stay healthy, he looks like a prime bounce-back candidate.
Feb 15 - 6:36 PM

Jason Kipnis (finger) had the pin removed from his damaged finger and will be cleared to begin swinging a bat in early February.

Kipnis injured the finger while working out in December and required surgery. He's looking to rebound from a disappointing and injury plagued 2014 campaign in which he hit just .240/.310/.330 with six homers and 41 RBI in 129 games.
Jan 24 - 11:11 AM

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.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 02:27:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Brett Hayes
1B1Carlos Santana
2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Michael Martinez
SS1Jose Ramirez
3B1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Mike Aviles
LF1Michael Brantley
2Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Bourn
2Tyler Holt
RF1Brandon Moss
2David Murphy
3Zach Walters
4Jerry Sands
DH1Nick Swisher
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4Zach McAllister
5T.J. House
6Bruce Chen
7Shaun Marcum
8Gavin Floyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Marc Rzepczynski
4Scott Atchison
5Kyle Crockett
6Nick Hagadone
7Jeff Manship
8Anthony Swarzak
9Scott Downs
10Austin Adams