Indians activate 2B Jason Kipnis from disabled list

CLEVELAND (AP) Jason Kipnis is back at the top of Cleveland's lineup.

The second baseman was activated from the disabled list on Sunday after being sidelined since before the All-Star break with a strained right hamstring. The former All-Star is leading off in the series finale against the New York Yankees.

Kipnis got hurt while running the bases on July 8 against Detroit. He's batting .232 with eight homers and 26 RBIs in 66 games.

To make room for Kipnis, the club optioned infielder Erik Gonzalez to Triple-A Columbus.

Despite missing one of their top players and leaders, the Indians maintained their lead in the AL Central without Kipnis, who began the season on the DL with a shoulder injury.

Manager Terry Francona said he plans to ease Kipnis back in and as the season moves into the grind of August games.

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