On the disabled list the last two weeks and still a long ways from a return to the lineup for the Indians, Kipnis is hoping to start a rehab assignment this weekend. As quoted over at MLB.com:
“There’s a plan. It’s not set in stone yet. We still have some hoops to jump through. If those go well, hopefully we can do rehab games by the end of the week. That’s the idea, but we still have to crank it up in terms of the amount of swings, the intensity of swings, grounders, throws.”
These oblique injuries for position players are a fickle beast; teams often choose to pursue the cautious route and to pump the brakes upon any minor setback. That will especially be the case with Kipnis, 27 years old, after the Indians locked him up to an extension this off-season. And it’s not as if the Indians are giving him a ton of incentive to rush back given their status as a last place team.
Kipnis was off to a slow start in 2014, batting .234/.354/.394 through 27 games. He will hope that things are much different for him and for the Indians when he is back on the field.