A bum right elbow has sidelined Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis for the past three games of spring training.
Manager Terry Francona says the injury shouldn’t keep Kipnis out of the Opening Day lineup. Of bigger concern is the slow start Kipnis has had at the plate in Cactus League games. He has hit .154 (6-for-39) with nine strikeouts in 15 games.
Kipnis isn’t overly concerned about his poor showing at the plate:
Being confident in myself, I know that I’ve done that in the past where I didn’t hit in spring, but I’ll come out of the gates on fire, or something like that.
Another injured Indian, closer Chris Perez, believes he will be in the lineup for the April 2 opener at Toronto.
Perez (right shoulder strain) on his recovery:
I’ll be there. The initial injury is gone. I’m 100 percent. Now it’s just trying to get my arm strength back to where I can make 60 or 70 appearances.
Perez was scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Saturday.
–Sportsonearth.com projects the Indians to finish second behind the Tigers in the AL Central. Check out the projection here.
–Veteran outfielder Brad Hawpe, attempting a comeback after Tommy John surgery, was released by the Pirates Saturday morning. Hawpe struggled at the plate, hitting .139 in 16 games.