Wednesday December 17th, 2014

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had surgery Tuesday to repair a tendon in his left ring finger damaged during an offseason workout, the team announced Wednesday.

Kipnis is expected to be ready at the start of the season, the team said.  

Kipnis was an All-Star in 2013, when he batted .284 with an .818 OPS, but he struggled in 2014 as he was hampered all season by a bad oblique. He batted .240 in 2014 with a .640 OPS. 

Indians acquire Brandon Moss from Athletics​

The oblique injury landed Kipnis on the disabled list for most of the month of May. Utilitymen Mike Aviles and Jose Ramirez filled in for Kipnis at second base during that time. 

The Indians finished 85-77 last season, five games behind the Tigers in the AL Central and three games behind the A's in the wild card race. 

Indians sign starter Gavin Floyd to one-year deal​

- Dan Gartland

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