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Indians place hot-hitting rookie Jason Kipnis on disabled list

Aug 19, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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Jason Kipnis was slated to return from a strained oblique muscle yesterday, but instead he was a last-minute scratch from the lineup and the Indians have now placed him on the disabled list.

Called up from Triple-A on July 22, the 2009 second-round pick hit .279 with six homers, four doubles, and a .903 OPS through 18 games before suffering the injury on August 12.

Jason Donald started at second base in Kipnis’ absence yesterday, but the Indians have called up Luis Valbuena from Triple-A and are giving him the start there today.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    A wise move. Sure the Indians could use his bat, but realistically they are going nowhere this season and it is best to be careful with Kipnis.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    It looks as if he went on the DL due to a bad hamstring. I still think that they were pushing him too hard to return from the strained oblique.

  3. localbandhero - Aug 19, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    “Going nowhere?” They’re a game and a half out of first! They have an at least reasonable chance to make the post season. Can’t count them out yet.

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 19, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    The Indians started the season well, but could not sustain the early form. They can’t hit well enough to contend. A lineup that features players named Fuk udome and LaP orta does not scare anyone.

  5. localbandhero - Aug 19, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    It may not. But somehow, they’re still in the hunt for the division. They took the season series from Boston, and have quietly won against a lot of teams that no one expected them to. With over 40 games left and only 2:5 games behind, you can’t count them out at all.

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