CLEVELAND — Jason Kipnis had an uneventful first rehab assignment Friday night with Triple-A Columbus, but in terms of things the Indians care about, it was a positive first step to getting him back into the lineup.
Kipnis, rehabbing from a strained right calf, went 0-for-3 with a couple of groundouts. But, the Indians were pleased with how he was moving around, which is the more important thing.
"He didn’t have anything to show for it in the box score, but he laid a bunt down and I think they said he got down the line in 4.25, so that’s good," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He had no issues. He’ll play again [Saturday]. It’s hard. You say five or six innings, but they’re also keeping track of how much time he’s on defense and things like that."
Kipnis said a few days ago that he was only a few clicks behind everyone else, and that it was his hope that he can join the team on their upcoming road trip that includes series in Detroit, Kansas City and Seattle and runs through April 17. In his absence, Brad Miller and Max Moroff have seen plenty of playing time.
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