The Indians activated All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and optioned infielder Justin Sellers to Triple-A Columbus.
Kipnis has been out since May 2 with a strained right oblique. He completed a rehab assignment in Columbus Monday night and joined the Indians Tuesday in Chicago.
He is in the lineup batting cleanup for Wednesday night’s game against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. According to baseball-reference.com, it is the first time in Kipnis career he has batted fourth.
Kipnis is hitting .234 in 27 games for the Indians with six doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI.
As long as he warms up properly before games, Kipnis doesn't think the injury will be an issue.
"As long do a good job heating it up and we’re staying on top of it, I feel confident I can go out and play without worrying about it," he said Tuesday.
Asked how he handled the time away, Kipnis said, "It’s only been a month. Some days were longer than others. Once I got to Columbus, it kind of sped things up."