Kipnis to miss Red Sox series with neck pain

Kipnis to miss Red Sox series with neck pain

CLEVELAND -- The Indians hoped to have Jason Kipnis back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Red Sox, but persistent neck pain will keep the second baseman sidelined the rest of this weekend.

Tribe manager Manny Acta noted that Kipnis -- out of the lineup for the last three games -- was scheduled to see a doctor on Saturday. The second baseman did not take part in any pregame fielding or hitting activities.

"He's making progress," Acta said. "But he's not good enough to be out there yet."

Jason Donald filled in for Kipnis at second base for the third straight game.

Acta said the team's hope is to have Kipnis available for the opener of a three-game road series against the Angels on Monday. Following Sunday's game in Cleveland, the Indians are embarking on a 10-day, nine-game West Coast swing through Anaheim, Oakland and Seattle.

"At this point," Acta said, "it's probably the best thing for us to shut him down for the weekend and then shoot for having him over there in Anaheim."

Through 108 games this season, Kipnis has hit .259 with 11 home runs, 14 doubles and a team-high 58 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.