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Injured Kipnis said ab feels a "little better"; disabled list stint hasn't been ruled out yet

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 30, 2014

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said he felt a little better Wednesday, a day after straining his right abdomen on a swing in the fourth inning of a 6-4 loss to the host Angels.

But a decision on whether he’ll eventually need to go on the dreaded disabled list hasn’t been made and likely won’t be for another day or so. 

“I’m feeling a little bit better,” Kipnis said Wednesday afternoon in the clubhouse. “Kinda mid-day today, and I’m getting a lot of treatment right now. Will be doing that most of the day.”

With Kipnis getting a day off on the final day of the Tribe’s six-game West Coast road trip, coupled with an off Thursday, Kipnis is hoping it’ll be enough to help him avoid being sidelined for 15 days. 

“You’re always going to feel a little bit sore in the morning after something like this happens,” he said. “But I think I’m alright, and I’m getting a lot of treatment right now that’s going to help it a lot and with today off and tomorrow off, we’ll see how it feels and go from there.”

Kipnis said it’s a little early to get an MRI, but he didn’t rule one out once the team gets back to Cleveland late tonight. In the meantime, he’ll spend Thursday’s off day stuck in the Tribe’s training room.

“Can’t wait,” he joked.

The day off, however, can’t hurt and helps all of the players to recharge mentally and physically.

“I think it’s a good time for an off day to get away from the field,” Kipnis said, likely referring to the Indians five-game losing streak. “Let some sore bodies heal up and get to come back to a home game.”

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