Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 2 weeks ago

Kipnis hit 4-for-12, highlighted by an RBI triple, in Cleveland's opening series against Houston.

This performance is encouraging that Kipnis can go back to being an above-average player on offense, but this should be taken with a grain of salt as it was against the Astros.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 1 month ago

Kipnis (back) returned to action Thursday for the first time March 17.

Kipnis returned to the lineup after a five-inning tuneup in a minor league game Wednesday. He should be fine to start the season barring any setbacks.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 1 month ago

Kipnis (back) will play five innings defensively in a minor league game Wednesday, and will get an at-bat in each inning, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. He hopes to rejoin the big league club for a game Thursday if all goes well.

Kipnis appears to be on track for Opening Day at this point, but back issues can resurface and set back the timetable. If all goes well, however, he should be able to get enough work in over the next couple weeks to be ready.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 1 month ago

Kipnis (back) took 50 swings in the cage Monday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Back tightness has delayed Kipnis for close to a week now, but the Indians are hoping to get him into a minor league game Wednesday. Kipnis entered camp with limitations after undergoing surgery on his finger in December, and went just 4-for-18 (.222 average) before being forced out of action.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 1 month ago

Kipnis (back) still hasn't been cleared to resume baseball activities, MLB.com reports.

Kipnis will need at least one full workout before returning to the lineup so a mid-week return is looking like the best case scenario at this point. There's still time to get back and be ready for Opening Day but the lingering nature of the injury has to raise some caution flags at this point.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 1 month ago

Kipnis (back) is expected to miss his fifth straight day Monday as he continues to be bothered by back tightness. MLB.com reports.

The Indians will want Kipnis to get a full workout under his belt before rejoining the lineup so it could be a few more days before he's able to see game action.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 1 month ago

Kipnis (back) was held out of action for the third straight day Saturday and is unlikely to return Sunday, MLB.com reports. "Trying to rush a guy just doesn't seem to make sense to me," manager Terry Francona said. "We can always send him down to the Minor League side when he gets ready, if he doesn't have enough at-bats, and let him bounce back and forth from field to field and get a bunch of at-bats."

Expect the Indians to be cautious with Kipnis after his injury-riddled 2014 season to make sure he's fully healthy for the start of the regular season. Back injuries may raise some red flags but he should be able to get this behind him and be ready for the start of the season barring any setbacks.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 1 month ago

Kipnis (back) was held out of action for the second consecutive day Friday but hopes to return Saturday, MLB.com reports. "I'd say he's tentative [for Saturday] and I'd bet you it'll be the next day," manager Terry Francona said. "We'll see. We'll see how he does."

Kipnis tweaked his back while swinging in the batting cage Thursday but this doesn't figure to be anything that will impact his readiness for the start of the season if he can get back this weekend.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 1 month ago

Kipnis was scratched from Thursday's spring training game due to back spasms, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

While Kipnis still has some time to rest before the season gets going, the issue is a bit concerning as back spasms can resurface. For now he should be considered day-to-day, with his timetable likely being updated at some point in the future.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 2 months ago

Kipnis (finger) was hitless in two at-bats in his first appearance of the spring Saturday.

Kipnis got off to a delayed start this spring due to a finger injury sustained in an offseason workout. He'll look to put last year's disappointing and injury-filled season behind him.