The Cleveland Indians are in the middle of a six-game losing streak and today added injury to insult as the club placed All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis on the disabled list with strained right oblique. The move was retroactive to April 30th and the team recalled infielder Jose Ramirez from AAA to take the roster spot of Kipnis.
Kipnis has gotten off to a slow start for the Indians this season after having a breakout season in 2013 when he finished 11th in American League MVP voting after hitting .284 with 17 home runs, 36 doubles, 84 rbi and stealing 30 bases with an .818 on-base plus slugging percentage.
The 27-year-old is hitting .234 with only three home runs and 12 rbi in 27 games for the last place Indians.
Fantasy baseball players who own Kipnis will have to look for other options for the next two weeks in a traditionally shallow player pool at second base until Kipnis returns to the lineup. However, oblique injuries can tend to zap a player’s power when they return so that will be something to monitor when the All-Star second baseman returns to the Indians.