Stephanie Storm

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

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

Feeling better and being able to play without the fear of making the injury worse are two different things, so a decision on whether Kipnis will eventually need to go on the disabled list hasn’t been made, and likely won’t be for another day or so.

“The good side of it was he actually felt a little better today,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We’ve all seen it where, during the action of a game, a guy feels like [an injury] is minimal. But in the morning, it’s like he’s got a knife stuck in him. He doesn’t feel like that, so that’s good.”

Kipnis didn’t play Wednesday and the Indians are off today. He and Francona hope it’ll be enough.

“You’re always going to feel a little bit sore in the morning after something like this happens,” Kipnis said. “But I think I’m all right, 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 that out once the team gets back to Cleveland. In the meantime, he’ll spend today stuck in the training room. But if all the treatment helps Kipnis avoid a DL stint, it’ll be worth the trouble.

Stephanie Storm can be reached at sstorm@thebeaconjournal.com.