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CLEVELAND -- The pain has subsided for Jason Kipnis. Now, the focus is on getting his strength back.

Kipnis has been on the disabled list since May 2 with a strained right oblique he suffered on April 29 in Anaheim. Given his current progress, he could be ready to go out on a Minor League rehab assignment next weekend, assuming his progression this week goes as planned.

"I don't want to rush it and take 100 swings," Kipnis said. "It's like a hamstring. If you push it too fast, you're going to [have a setback]."

Kipnis was batting .234 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 26 games before the injury.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, CastroTurf, and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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