Sore neck keeps Kipnis out of lineup again

Sore neck keeps Kipnis out of lineup again

CLEVELAND -- Jason Kipnis has not been able to come up with an exact reason behind his current neck pain. The working theory is that the second baseman slept funny on Wednesday.

"All I know is I did something," Kipnis said on Friday.

Whatever Kipnis did, it did a number on him, and he was out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Red Sox. That marked the second straight day that the second baseman was sidelined with the injury.

Cleveland hopes Kipnis can return to the mix on Saturday.

"He's feeling better. He's moving around better," manager Manny Acta said. "We could probably have him available off the bench, because he's getting treatment constantly. We'll see how he progresses throughout the day."

Through 108 games this season, Kipnis has hit .259 with 11 home runs and a team-leading 58 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. He is hoping to get back on the field as soon as possible.

Kipnis just did not want to take any chances given the nature of the injury.

"I don't mind playing through injuries or pain," Kipnis said, "but the neck is something you just can't mess with. There's progress, but it's still sore."