Indians All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis tested his strained right oblique again Tuesday before batting practice, running through agility drills in shallow left field. Afterwards, he felt good enough for the club to make permanent the previous day’s tentaive plans to rehab soon.
Thus, the plan is for Kipnis to start a rehab assignment Friday in Columbus with the Triple-A Clippers while his big legue teammates start a two-city road trip that begins with four games in Baltimore. If all goes well with Kipnis, he could rejoin the Indians in time for a three-game series in Chicago starting May 26.
“We’ve talked to (Kipnis) at length,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We just want to make sure he feels ready to play here.”
Kipnis hit .237 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 27 games before being sidelined by the injury when the Indians were playing in Anaheim, Ca. Once Kipnis returns the lineup, Francona said he and his staff will monitor him daily and he likely won’t play every day right away.
“When a guy comes back, that’s probably when they need days off,” Francona said. “They aren’t used to playing everyday, so their bodies aren’t used to it.”