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Friday, September 19, 2014

Indians Injury Update: Jason Kipnis, Ryan Raburn

By on 9/19/2014 07:30:00 AM

The Cleveland Indians continue to cling on in the wild card race, with an extra-inning win over the Astros last night bringing them to four games back with ten to play. They will have to continue their chase without the services of Ryan Raburn, and potentially Jason Kipnis too. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Raburn's season is over after it was confirmed he will undergo knee surgery, while Kipnis made an early exit last night with hamstring tightness:
Hoynes had already noted that Kipnis was out of Wednesday's lineup with 'tired legs'. The second baseman played seven innings on Thursday but was replaced by Aviles in the bottom of the eighth. There's no indication at this point of how much time Kipnis is expected to miss, but given that he was already struggling on Wednesday, it would not be surprising to see Cleveland give him another day or two off. Kipnis is still hitting just .243 and has taken a big step backwards after an excellent 2013. Aviles would go on to hit the game-winning sacrifice fly in the thirteenth.

Raburn's chances of playing again this season were already looking slim on Monday, when it was suggested that he may not play again this year following his early exit on Saturday. Hoynes reports that the 33-year-old would undergo surgery at some point this week to repair the damaged meniscus in his left knee. Manager Terry Francona told Hoynes that there was no ligament damage. Raburn is signed through 2015, with a club option for 2016, but Cleveland will need to see more from him next year before they pick that up.

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