Because the injury is to Kipnis’s throwing shoulder, manager Terry Francona had Kipnis serve as the designated hitter on Friday and Saturday. After having an MRI on Sunday morning, Kipnis was left out of the lineup for that day’s game. The shoulder has been an issue on and off throughout the season and Kipnis is expected to miss two or three weeks, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Kipnis, Cleveland’s leadoff hitter, leads the majors with 132 hits and 31 doubles. He leads the team in batting average, slugging and OPS, and is the Indians’ most valuable player by Baseball Reference’s WAR.
Utility infielder Jose Ramirez was called up to take Kipnis’s spot on the roster and started Monday night’s game at second base.
- Dan Gartland