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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Indians Injury Update: Jason Kipnis still bothered by oblique

By on 7/22/2014 11:30:00 AM

The Cleveland Indians lost to the Minnesota Twins on Monday by the score of 4-3. The loss, which dropped the Twins to 50-49, was their second straight following three consecutive wins over the Detroit Tigers. The Indians had eight hits, but left eight men on base in the loss. Jason Kipnis, who heated up against the Tigers going 5-for-15, was just 1-for-5. Although named American League Player of the Week on Monday, he's still bothered by his right oblique which sidelined him at the end of April.

As reported by Paul Hoynes at, Kipnis spent a month on the disabled list at the end of April with a right oblique injury.  He's been making daily adjustments to his swing, which resulted in his two home run, six RBI weekend against the Tigers. He wouldn't go as far as saying he's made progress.
"I wouldn't use the word progress, I'd use the word adjustment. As far as the oblique goes, it's going to be there all year. It's not going to go away until the off season.What I can do is find a swing that works for me. I thought we may have found something coming out of Detroit. It was a step in the right direction and we're going to keep making adjustments day to day and pitch to pitch and see how it goes."
Kipnis, in his fourth Major League season, is batting .258 with five home runs and 30 RBI in 73 games. Last season, he had a breakthrough season, batting .284 with 17 home runs, 84 RBI and 30 stolen bases. Kipnis is a career .268 hitter with 43 home runs and 209 RBI.

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