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Jason Kipnis will begin rehab assignment Friday, aiming to return to Indians on May 26

May 20, 2014, 9:18 PM EDT

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Some positive news here for the Indians, who sit at the very bottom of the AL Central standings.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that star second baseman Jason Kipnis — who’s been on the disabled list since April 30 with a right oblique strain — has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Friday with Triple-A Columbus. If everything goes according to plan, Kipnis will return to the Indians’ lineup on Monday, May 26 for the start of a three-game series against the White Sox at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field.

Kipnis was hitting just .234/.354/.394 through his first 113 plate appearances this season, but the dynamic 27-year-old is capable of finding a groove as soon as he is activated. He batted .284/.366/.452 with 17 home runs, 84 RBI, and 30 stolen bases in 658 plate appearances last summer for the Tribe.

Kipnis signed a six-year, $52.5 million contract extension with Cleveland on April 4.

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