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Kipnis, O. Cabrera to share time at second

Kipnis, O. Cabrera to share time at second

Kipnis, O. Cabrera to share time at second
CLEVELAND -- Jason Kipnis and Orlando Cabrera will share the second-base duties for the Indians. There won't be a straight platoon. Kipnis, a left-handed hitter, won't face every righty, and Cabrera, who bats from the right side, won't step in against every southpaw.

Indians manager Manny Acta will parcel out the playing time at second base, and he'll do so on a day-by-day basis, without any pattern or long-term strategy in mind.

Acta made that apparent when he penciled Kipnis' name in Friday's lineup against White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd, but planned to sit the rookie against righty Edwin Jackson in Saturday's scheduled contest, which was rained out.

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"[I'll decide by] mostly matchups and stuff," Acta said.

Some thought the promotion of Kipnis would boost an outfield ravaged by injuries. But even without the services of Grady Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo, both on the 15-day disabled list, Kipnis, a converted outfielder, will remain in the infield for now.

"It's a possibility down the road," Acta said. "But it would be unfair to him because he hasn't played in the outfield for a while, and we're not going to throw him out there just like that."

Only because of the team's plethora of outfield injuries would the Indians consider letting Kipnis roam the outfield, Acta said. The rookie hasn't played the outfield since he was at Class A Mahoning Valley in 2009.

"That's not the plan," Acta said. "It's just the circumstances that we're in right now. Since that's his original position, it makes it easier for us."

In the end, Acta doesn't anticipate any problems with finding playing time for Kipnis and Cabrera.

"It'll work itself out," Acta said. "It always does."

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