Kipnis fighting soreness in his right side

Kipnis fighting soreness in his right side

Kipnis fighting soreness in his right side
CLEVELAND -- Jason Kipnis was at his locker inside the Indians' clubhouse on Sunday morning, shrugging off the fact that his name was omitted from the starting lineup for a second day in a row.

"It's nothing serious," Kipnis said prior to Sunday's game against the Twins. "I'll be back on there soon."

Kipnis indicated that he is currently fighting soreness in his right side -- the result of a couple of diving plays in Tuesday's 14-inning marathon against the Tigers. One day later, the 24-year-old rookie went 5-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs and four runs scored.

Asked if maybe he'd benefit from not playing so hard, Kipnis laughed.

"That's not an option," he replied.

Kipnis also sat out Saturday's game against Minnesota due to what is currently considered a minor ailment. The consecutive days off -- combined with Monday's scheduled off-day for the Indians -- will give him three days to rest before the Tribe opens a six-game road trip through Chicago and Detroit.

Losing Kipnis, even for a short period of time, is a blow to Cleveland's offense. Over his past 12 games, Kipnis has hit .333 (17-for-51) with three doubles, six home runs, 10 RBIs and 14 runs scored for the Indians, who have used him mainly out of the second spot in the batting order.

Overall, Kipnis has hit .279 with six homers and 11 RBIs through 18 games this year.

"I'm just a little banged up," Kipnis said. "We're working through it and getting through it right now."