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Jason Kipnis suffers an abdominal strain

Apr 30, 2014, 9:54 AM EDT

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The Indians lost their fifth in a row last night and they may have lost their second baseman for a while too: Jason Kipnis suffered a right abdominal strain while swinging the bat in the fourth inning of the Indians-Angels game. From Jordan Bastian

Kipnis — Cleveland’s offensive sparkplug — felt a jolt in his right side and back on a swing that resulted in a double-play groundout against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver in the fourth inning. The second baseman ran up the line, slowed as he approached first base and could be seen grabbing at his side in obvious discomfort.

“It knocked the wind out of me,” Kipnis said. “I couldn’t really breathe while I was going down to first base. It wasn’t letting go.”

No decisions have been made about whether Kipnis will be placed on the disabled list. Terry Francona said after the game that they’ll wait until Kipnis shows up at the park later today to see if it was more of a cramping thing or what.

Either way: things couldn’t be going much worse for Cleveland.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Doom and gloom!

  2. Kevin Gillman - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    It’s been a frustrating start to the season, and this sure doesn’t help.

  3. gary2525 - May 1, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    They stink they will lucky to win 70 games. The starting rotation is horrendous. They need to get rid of Santana and Cabrera trade both of them for some pitching

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