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22 Jason Kipnis 2B
Height/Weight: 5-11/195 | Birthdate: 4/3/1987 | Birthplace: Northbrook, IL | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Cleveland | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 93/76 | Average Draft Position: 108.58
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Francona on Jason Kipnis' return: 'That'll really be a big boost for us'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters he was impressed with second baseman Jason Kipnis' performance in his first Cactus League game since March 17, per MLB.com. Kipnis, who returned from back spasms, played five innings and finished 1 for 3 in a 13-2 defeat to Cincinnati.

"Well, he played yesterday (in the minors). He looks good," Francona said. "He's looked good swinging a bat. His ability, when he's healthy, he can impact a game so many ways. You saw he's athletic at second, he can steal a base, swing the bat. We're excited to watch him play healthy. That'll really be a big boost for us."


Indians 2B Jason Kipnis works on minor-league side Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said Wednesday that his injured back is feeling better, and he saw five innings of work in a minor-league game, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

"The plan is if he feels good tomorrow we'll play him, but we also reserve the right to give him another day," manager Terry Francona said. "But all signs are pointing to him moving around pretty good."

Back spasms have keep the second baseman sidelined for about a week. He's looking to bounce back after a down 2014 season.


Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (back) targeting a Thursday return


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (back) is targeting a return to the spring lineup Thursday, per MLB.com. Kipnis has not appeared in a spring game since March 17.

Kipnis will play five innings during a minor-league game Wednesday.


Indians' Jason Kipnis may play minor league game Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, who is dealing with a back injury, may take part in a minor league game Wednesday, manager Terry Francona said Tuesday according to MLB.com.

Kipnis, who has missed the last five days with back spasms, took 50 swings in the batting cage Monday to test out the injury. He has gone just 4 of 18 at the plate with two doubles this spring.


Indians' Jason Kipnis remains sidelined, won't return Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (back) will not play Sunday or Monday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Monday's game will be the fifth he's missed with a back injury. He could see some minor-league action before the team puts him back into the major-league lineup.


Indians 2B Jason Kipnis not ready to return to spring lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (back) is not expected to be back in the spring lineup Sunday, manager Terry Francona said Saturday. He added Kipnis might get some at-bats in a minor-league game before returning to action in MLB spring games, per MLB.com.

Back spasms keep Indians' Jason Kipnis out second straight day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Indians infielder Jason Kipnis missed a second straight game, Friday, with back spasms. 

Manager Terry Francona said it wasn't a major problem. "We've all had it. You make a move and it grabs you and it's not going to let go until it wants to," he said, per MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.

Francona seemed doubtful that Kipnis would return on Saturday. "I'd say he's tentative, and I'd bet you it'll be the next day," he said.


Indians' Jason Kipnis scratched Thursday with back spasms


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Mariners due to spasms in the middle of his back, MLB.com reports.

Kipnis is just 4 for 18 with two doubles and three walks this spring. Second-base prospect Erik Gonzalez will get the start at second base instead.


Indians' Jason Kipnis knocks opposite-field RBI single Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went 1 for 2 with a walk and an opposite-field RBI single in Monday's game against the Royals, and manager Terry Francona praised his ability to go the other way with a pitch after the game, MLB.com reports.

"When he's swinging the bat really well, he backspins that ball to left field," Francona said. "It's easy to tell guys, 'Nice swing,' but when you get rewarded for it, then all of a sudden, he knows he's got that place to go [to the opposite field]. You start getting balance. You start covering the plate. That's when he becomes really dangerous."

Kipnis dealt with an oblique injury last season that prevented him from properly extending his swing. He's 4 of 16 with two doubles and two walks in six spring appearances.


Indians' Jason Kipnis goes hitless in spring training debut


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went 0-for-2 Saturday in his spring training debut, but the veteran is more concerned about staying healthy for the long haul ahead, reports MLB.com.

"You're always excited your first day back out there," Kipnis said. "A little nerves, a little jitters, but that's just because it's a fun game and you're between the lines and it means a little something. It's just good to get back on your feet."

Kipnis suffered a finger injury while lifting weights during the offseason in addition to an oblique injury.

"Finger's good, body feels great, oblique's great," Kipnis said. "We've gotten over the mental hump of the injuries."

Manager Terry Francona said it was good to see Kipnis out at second base again.

"He's worked hard," Francona said. "Defensively, that was what he could always do, so he's done that a bunch. His hitting has come real quick … It will be fun to watch him get ready for the year. We'll watch how his swings works and how everything feels, but if he ever needs more at-bats or less at-bats we can do all of the above. We just want to get him ready for the year."


Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (hand) to make spring debut Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona said second baseman Jason Kipnis will make his spring debut Saturday against the Dodgers, per MLB.com. Kipnis had surgery in December to repair a damaged tendon in the ring finger on his left hand.

Francona: Jason Kipnis likely to make spring debut this weekend


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday second baseman Jason Kipnis (hand) will likely make his spring debut this weekend, per MLB.com.

Francona provides updates on Brantley, Kipnis, Moss, Swisher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday outfielder Michael Brantley (back) will likely make his spring debut Thursday against the Reds, per MLB.com. He added second baseman Jason Kipnis (hand) might not be far behind.

Francona also said Brandon Moss (hip) might be slightly ahead of a mid-March estimate to make his spring debut. However, the mid-March timetable for Nick Swisher (knees) hasn't changed.


Indians' Jason Kipnis (finger) making progress


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is making progress in his return from a finger injury, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

Kipnis underwent surgery on the finger in December and could miss the first few Cactus League games as a precaution. He hit .240/.310/.330 with six home runs, 41 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 500 at-bats last season.


Indians' Jason Kipnis to hit next week


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis will resume hitting on the field next week, according to MLB.com.

Kipnis had surgery on his finger in December, and is gradually working through a hitting program. He currently has no restrictions on defense or during throwing drills. The club is hopeful that Kipnis will be cleared for games shortly after the start of spring games.

The 27-year-old hit .240/.310/.330 over 500 at-bats last season. 


Indians' Jason Kipnis says oblique impacted him mentally


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said last year's oblique injury impacted him more than just physically, according to MLB.com.

"I had a mental block on it," Kipnis explained. "Even in my dreams of being at the plate, I was still rolling over my pitches. My oblique was still cutting off my swing." The injury limited Kipnis to 129 games, and caused his slash line to drop to a disappointing .240/.310/.330 over 500 at-bats. 

While the issue certainly played a role in his struggles last season, Kipnis doesn't expect that to continue in 2015. "Finally, once I started swinging again, you start to realize it's good," he said. "It's full-go now and I don't feel it at all."


Indians' Jason Kipnis reports to spring training ahead of schedule


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/15/2015) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has already reported to spring training and his ahead of schedule and Cleveland is happy with his physical condition, reports Cleveland.com.

Kipnis had surgery on his left ring finger to repair a tendon he injured in December. Kipnis also injured his hamstring at the end of the regular season, but is expected to be fully healthy for camp. He it .240 with a .330 slugging percentage and 41 RBI in 2014.


Indians aren't expecting Kipnis to be too far behind at start of camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Indians general manager Chris Antonetti told MLB Network Radio on Thursday second baseman Jason Kipnis might be just a day or two behind when spring training begins. Kipnis had surgery in December to repair a damaged tendon in his finger.

"He had his pin removed," Antonetti said. "His lower body conditioning has not been restricted, and he'll start his hitting progression in February."

Indians manager Terry Francona also gave a positive update on Kipnis earlier this week.

"He looked good. His spirits are good and he looks good," Francona said, per MLB.com. "It's his finger. In a perfect world, that doesn't happen, but that's not going to get in the way."


Indians' Jason Kipnis progressing from surgery on finger


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona said second baseman Jason Kipnis is progressing well from offseason surgery on his finger, reports MLB.com.

Kipnis underwent surgery in December to repair a damaged extensor tendon in his ring finger on his left hand and Francona said the injury has not hindered Kipnis.

"He looked good. His spirits are good and he looks good," Francona said. "It's his finger. In a perfect world, that doesn't happen, but that's not going to get in the way."

The injury is not expected to hinder Kipnis’ Opening Day availability. In 2014, Kipnis hit .240 with six home runs and 41 RBI in 500 at-bats.


Indians' Jason Kipnis undergoes surgery on damaged finger tendon


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis underwent surgery for a damaged tendon in his finger Tuesday, but is expected to be ready for the beginning of the upcoming season, the team announced Wednesday.

Kipnis, who was in and out of the lineup for Cleveland in 2014 with a hamstring injury, hit .240 last year with six home runs and 41 RBI. He has spent his four-year career in Cleveland, managing a .262 career average.


Jason Kipnis done in 2014 with hamstring issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis will not play Saturday or Sunday due to a hamstring injury, MLB.com reports.

Kipnis has struggled in September, hitting just .194/.266/.250 in 72 at-bats. He ends the season with a .240/.310/.330 line along with six home runs, 41 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 500 at-bats.


Jason Kipnis benched again Wednesday against lefty


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Embattled Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is out of the lineup Wednesday for the second straight matchup against a left-hander Wednesday despite his team still being alive in the playoff chase. The Indians are slated to face Royals southpaw Jason Vargas.

Kipnis, who was criticized recently for his profanity-laced battle with fans on social media, has been disappointing at the plate all season. His slugging percentage of .332 is more than 100 points under what he achieved in 2013 and his 41 RBI represents fewer than half of his total of a year ago. He is batting .208 against lefties this season and has not driven in a run since Aug. 29.


Jason Kipnis gets another start


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/23/2014) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, who returned to the lineup after a two-game absence for a hamstring injury Sunday only to sit again Monday, was back in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals. He started at DH both games.

Not only is Kipnis at less than full capacity right now, but he's batting just .229 in 231 at-bats since the All-Star break.


Jason Kipnis not "at full speed"


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/22/2014) One day after serving as the Indians' designated hitter, Jason Kipnis was left out of the Indians' starting lineup for Monday's game at the Royals. Indians manager Terry Francona told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he had Kipnis batting seventh on Sunday, "because I don't think he's going to be at full speed," as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury.

Kipnis has now started just twice in the last six games.


Jason Kipnis to return from two-game absence


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Jason Kipnis was in the Indians' starting lineup as the team's designated hitter for Sunday's game at the Twins. He missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury.