Kipnis On His Second Rehab Game with the Akron RubberDucks

Jason Kipnis continued his minor league rehab on Monday with a return to the RubberDucks as he played five innings at second base. IBI talked with the Tribe second baseman after his appearance.

AKRON -- From the look of the jerseys on Monday and the presence of Jason Kipnis in the RubberDucks lineup, you would've thought you had traveled back in time to 2010. The Tribe All-Star second baseman made his second minor league rehab appearance in Akron on throwback jersey night as the team celebrated it's 20-year anniversary by donning the original purple Aeros uniforms of 1997.

After going 1-for-3 in Sunday's game as Akron's DH, Kipnis went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts on Monday as he made his first live-game appearance at second of 2017 after not playing there at all in his limited Cactus League action.

"I'll worry about the results as I get closer to getting back up," Kipnis clarified in regards to his three-strikeout performance, "Right now the big picture is the shoulder and heating it up, cooling it down and heating it back up between innings."

As far as his defense is concerned, the 30-year-old didn't get to see any real fielding action in the game other than catching two throws from Akron catcher Francisco Mejia on steal attempts by Trenton Thunder baserunners, but it was another step forward in the recovery process.

"I mean, I didn't get any balls, but it was good," said Kipnis, "Just kind of getting in the flow of the game and heating up and cooling down between innings with the shoulder was the first test and it went well."

The former All-Star will have the day off on Tuesday and go up to Cleveland to join his teammates for the home opening festivities. After that, however, he will return to Canal Park on Wednesday for the series finale between Akron and Trenton and, as of now, is slated to play second base again, according to RubberDucks manager Mark Budzinski. First pitch for that game is set for 6:35 pm ET.

Jake Dungan is the Managing Editor for IBI and a podcast host on the Smoke Signals Network. Email him at jdungan@indiansbaseballinsider.com or follow him on Twitter @JakeDBaseball.


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