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Jason Kinpis (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.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 2 Months

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."

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 2 Months

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 endof the month. He's been on the shelf with an oblique strain since late April.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 2 Months

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.

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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.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 3 Months

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.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 3 Months

Indians placed 2B Jason Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 30, with a right oblique strain.

Kipnis suffered the injury on Tuesday and obviously hasn't made enough improvement over the last few days to avoid a trip to the disabled list. Oblique strains typically result in longer than minimum DL stints, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect him back until late May. Mike Aviles, Elliot Johnson, Jose Ramirez and possibly Ryan Raburn figure to handle second base while Kipnis is out.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 3 Months

Jason Kipnis (abdomen) said he felt 'a little bit better' on Wednesday.

"I mean I feel all right," said Kipnis. "You're always going to feel a little bit sore in the morning after something like this happens. But I think I'm all right and I'm getting a lot of treatment right now that's going to help it a lot and with today off and tomorrow off, we'll see how it feels and go from there." Kipnis left Tuesday's game with a right abdominal strain, but the Indians haven't made a decision about a trip to the disabled list. With the day off Thursday, the club won't have to make any sort of decision until Friday at the earliest.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 3 Months

Jason Kipnis (abdomen) will be re-evaluated Wednesday before a decision is made on a possible disabled list stint.

Kipnis left Tuesday's game against the Angels with a right abdominal strain, saying he "felt somebody punched me in the back. I couldn't breathe running down to first base." The second baseman did say after the game that he was feeling better, and the Tribe is hoping that it's just a cramp. That might be wishing thinking, though. A trip to the DL is a real possibility.

Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 3 Months

Jason Kipnis left Tuesday's game against the Angels with a right abdominal strain.

The second baseman was injured on a swing during the fourth inning. It's not a promising diagnosis and something that seems likely to force Kipnis to the disabled list. The Indians should provide further details on the injury after the game.