The Indians on Friday placed All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique retroactive to April 30 and recalled infielder Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus.
Kipnis, manager Terry Francona and general Manager Chris Antonetti all gave the same timeline of 3-5 weeks as a ballpark figure for his return.
Kipnis strained his oblique in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game with the Los Angeles Angles. He's hitting .234 this season with six doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI in 27 games.
A problem with an oblique strain, Kipnis said, is that it's similar to a hamstring injury in that it must heal completely before he can return to baseball activities.
"If you push it and you reinjure it you’re right back at step one," he said. "It’s not something you want to linger on for the entire season."
Because of this, Francona said he thinks Kipnis will be out a "minimum of three weeks."
Ramirez, 22, was hitting .319 with four home runs, 17 RBI and eight stolen bases in 23 games at Triple-A Columbus.
Mike Aviles, Elliot Johnson and Ramirez will see more playing time.