OUTJason Kipnis
2B CLE
13 hours ago

Kipnis is expected to open the season on the 10-day disabled list, and could be sidelined until mid-April, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

EDGE Analysis

The mid-April timeline has yet to be set in stone, and with Kipnis having experienced shoulder issues in the past, it wouldn't be a surprise if the team decides to err on the side of caution and delay his debut. If Kipnis' recovery goes smoothly, the earliest he'd be eligible to return from the 10-day DL would be on April 13 at home against the White Sox.

OUTJason Kipnis
2B CLE
5 days ago

Kipnis (shoulder) will resume hitting and throwing in a week and is expected to be four to five weeks from returning to game action.

EDGE Analysis

Kipnis was recently diagnosed with a right shoulder strain, and though he'll be able to advance his strengthening program next week, the team's doctor still believes that he's four to five weeks away from competing in live action. With that timetable, it appears that Kipnis could miss the first few weeks of the season. Michael Martinez appears to be the main beneficiary in the starter's absence.

OUTJason Kipnis
2B CLE
1 week ago

Kipnis (shoulder) will receive a second opinion later this week, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

EDGE Analysis

He has been diagnosed with a right shoulder strain and was subsequently shut down for the next two weeks, but the injury apparently warrants a second opinion. Kipnis should have already been slightly discounted following the initial diagnosis, and could move further down cheat sheets if the second opinion comes with a prolonged timetable.

OUTJason Kipnis
2B CLE
2 weeks ago

Kipnis will be sidelined for the next couple of weeks to heal a right shoulder strain.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran second baseman had returned to action as a designated hitter earlier in the week, but it seems that his shoulder refuses to comply with the added activity. The Indians opted for the cautious route with one of their stars, but this decision now puts Kipnis' status for Opening Day in jeopardy. If Kipnis isn't 100 percent by that point, Jose Ramirez or Erik Gonzalez may have to step in at the keystone.

OUTJason Kipnis
2B CLE
2 weeks ago

Kipnis (shoulder) made his first appearance of spring Thursday, serving as the designated hitter and going 1-for-3.

EDGE Analysis

The Indians are continuing to bring Kipnis along slowly, and his appearance as DH Thursday was just another step in the process. All appeared to go well, and the 29-year-old should be expected to make his debut at second base within the coming weeks. Barring any setbacks, his status for Opening Day shouldn't be in question.

OUTJason Kipnis
2B CLE
3 weeks ago

Kipnis (shoulder) is scheduled to make his first appearance of spring on Thursday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although he resumed throwing earlier in the week, Kipnis is slated to make his debut at DH on Thursday. Depending on how his outing goes, the 29-year-old is targeting playing a game at second base within the next two weeks. He'll continue to be brought along slowly, but his status for Opening Day shouldn't be an issue.

OUTJason Kipnis
2B CLE
3 weeks ago

Kipnis (shoulder) has resumed throwing and hopes to play Cactus League games at second base within the next two weeks, MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kipnis received a cortisone shot on Feb. 26 and was expected to be throwing within five days of the treatment, so he appears right on target with the original plan. This is a big step for Kipnis, and his shoulder's reaction to throwing should be closely monitored by those looking to draft him. He's hoping to appear as a DH in an exhibition game as soon as next week.

OUTJason Kipnis
2B CLE
3 weeks ago

Kipnis (shoulder) will have his spring training debut pushed back at least one week as his rotator cuff continues to bother him, Cleveland.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cleveland is aiming to be extremely careful with Kipnis's shoulder this spring, meaning he may not make his debut as a second baseman for another 10 days to two weeks. Throwing is the highest-risk baseball activity for rotator cuff injuries, but Kipnis will at least be able to get some at-bats in as he heals. At this point, he should still be considered on pace to start at second for the reigning American League champions come Opening Day.

OUTJason Kipnis
2B CLE
3 weeks ago

Kipnis (shoulder) is on target to debut as a DH in the Cactus League next week, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kipnis has avoided baseball activities for the better part of two weeks. He's recently begun to swing a bat and appears well on his way to recovery. Bastian reports Kipnis plans to play second base four or five days after debuting as a DH.

OUTJason Kipnis
2B CLE
3 weeks ago

Kipnis (shoulder) took batting practice in an indoor cage Wednesday, but he's still not cleared to throw, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Indians are really easing the second baseman into things this spring given his history of shoulder woes, but it seems like he's making some progress in returning to 100 percent. Kipnis is expected to return to on-field batting practice in a few days, although it's unclear when he'll begin to throw again. The situation doesn't seem to have his status for Opening Day in question, so he'll likely be able to rejoin the Tribe in their spring slate relatively soon.