Jason Kipnis
2B CLE
3 weeks ago

Kipnis (illness) is starting at second base and hitting sixth Saturday against the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

He was scratched from Thursday's lineup with the flu but is ready to get back to work in his quest to win a roster spot with the Cubs after signing a minor-league deal last month.

Jason Kipnis
2B CLE
3 weeks ago

Kipnis was scratched from the lineup for Thursday's Cactus League game against the Rangers after coming down with the flu, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

The flu bug looks to be passing around the Cubs' clubhouse, as pitcher Yu Darvish and outfielder Albert Almora will also be withheld from action due to illness. Assuming Kipnis is able to bounce back quickly from the flu, he should be able to keep himself in the mix for a spot on the Opening Day roster. The non-roster invitee is battling with Nico Hoerner, Daniel Descalso and David Bote for the top job at second base.

Jason Kipnis
2B CLE
4 weeks ago

Kipnis is one of four Cubs players vying for the Opening Day starting job at second base, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though Kipnis is the most established option of the quartet, the Cubs have the least amount of investment in him, as he was forced to settle for a minor-league deal over the winter after slashing a modest .245/.304/.410 (82 wRC+) across 511 plate appearances with the Indians in 2019. In addition to Kipnis, holdovers Nico Hoerner, Daniel Descalso and David Bote are also competing for the top job at the keystone. Once the regular season arrives, it's possible that manager David Ross takes a committee approach to the position, or opts for a platoon pairing of one of the two lefty hitters (Kipnis and Descalso) with one of the two righty hitters (Hoerner and Bote).

Jason Kipnis
2B CLE
1 month ago

Kipnis (hand) is in the starting lineup for the Cubs' spring opener against the Athletics on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

Kipnis signed with the Cubs on Feb. 11, and he'll serve as a starter in their first game of spring training. The 32-year-old underwent hand surgery in September, but he appears to be healthy now as he looks to compete for a role on on the major-league roster.

Jason Kipnis
2B CLE
2 months ago

Kipnis (hand) and the Cubs agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to big-league camp Tuesday, pending a physical, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kipnis' physical may be less of a formality than most, as the veteran has battled his fair share of injuries in recent years, including a fractured hamate bone which ended his 2019 campaign prematurely and required surgery. Assuming he passes the test, he'll have a fair shot at earning a bench role in Chicago and could even beat out David Bote for a starting job at second base if the team elects to open with Nico Hoerner in the minors. He's probably not best suited to start at this stage of his career, however, as his glove has declined and he hasn't managed a wRC+ higher than 89 in any of the last three seasons.

Jason Kipnis
2B CLE
5 months ago

Kipnis' (hand) club option for 2020 was declined by Cleveland on Thursday, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kipnis hit .245/.304/.410 with 17 home runs in 2019, but was forced to miss the final week of the season after having surgery on his right hand, which carries a five-to-seven week recovery timeline. The 32-year-old has middling on-base rates and speed, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him carve out a role on another team.

Jason Kipnis
2B CLE
6 months ago

Kipnis underwent surgery Tuesday to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his right hand, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The procedure, which was performed by Dr. Thomas Graham in New York, typically carries a five-to-seven week recovery timeline, meaning Kipnis likely won't play again this season even if the Indians make a deep run in the playoffs. The veteran second baseman appeared in 121 games before suffering the season-ending injury, slashing .245/.304/.410 with 17 home runs and seven steals.

Jason Kipnis
2B CLE
6 months ago

Kipnis (hand) will undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kipnis suffered a fractured right hamate bone earlier in the month and will require season-ending surgery as a result. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Thomas Graham in New York and typically carries a four-to-six week recovery timeline, meaning Kipnis could have a chance to return if the Indians manage to make a deep run in the playoffs. Ryan Flaherty, Mike Freeman and Andrew Velazquez are all candidates to see time at the keystone with Kipnis on the shelf.

Jason Kipnis
2B CLE
6 months ago

Kipnis was diagnosed with a fractured hamate bone Tuesday and will be shut down for season-ending surgery.

EDGE Analysis

Kipnis left Sunday's game with what was originally called wrist discomfort. The surgery carries a recovery timeline of four-to-six weeks, meaning Kipnis could have a chance to return if the Indians manage to go deep in the playoffs without him. Andrew Velazquez was recalled and will start at second base Tuesday against the Tigers.

Jason Kipnis
2B CLE
6 months ago

Kipnis will undergo an MRI on his right wrist Monday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kipnis was removed from Sunday's contest during the seventh inning with right wrist discomfort. The 32-year-old should be considered day-to-day heading into Tuesday's game against the Tigers until more is known on the injury.