Coming off a big series in Detroit in which Jason Kipnis went 5-for-15 and homered twice (his first two homers since April, at that), it seemed like the Tribe’s second-baseman was finally rounding back into shape for the stretch run of the season.
According to Kipnis, however, that might not be completely accurate.
“I wouldn’t use the word progress, I’d use the word adjustment. As far as the oblique goes, it’s going to be there all year. It’s not going to go away until the offseason. What I can do is find a swing that works for me. I thought we may have found something coming out of Detroit. It was a step in the right direction and we’re going to keep making adjustments day to day and pitch to pitch and see how it goes.”
The good news is that he’s seemed to find something that requires little tension that may keep his warming bat in the lineup that still has a tough time getting out of bed on occasionally. And now with Asdrubal Cabrera going out with back spasms (so they say…), the Indians need some health luck for the last two months.
Yes, I’m acting as if Cabrera is a guy who could be relied on, I guess I felt like trying to lighten the mood.
So, anyhoo, I’ll be peeking through my fingers with every hack Kipnis takes, expecting another month-long stay on the DL. And I thought watching Shaw getting hosed on a strike only two hang a meatball was the worst thing could happen.