Kipnis to Make Season Debut Friday in Chicago

Matt Lofgren

The Indians have activated all-star second baseman Jason Kipnis from the 10-day disabled list and optioned third baseman Yandy Diaz to Class-AAA Columbus.

Kipnis will be in the lineup Friday against the White Sox and will bat sixth behind Jose Ramirez who will move from second to third base with Kipnis’ activation.

Diaz departs the team after providing a strong defensive glove, despite limited experience at third and brought a positive presence to the plate for a rookie. Batting .236 (13-55) with a pair of RBIs and nine runs, Diaz was a spark for the Tribe’s offense after a very productive spring made him the clear choice to cover third in Kipnis’ absence.

After missing the entire spring with a shoulder injury, Kipnis appeared in seven rehab games between AA Akron and AAA Columbus and played second base along the way while receiving treatments.

In 2016, Kipnis batted .275 with 23 home runs and 82 RBI.

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