Bless your heart, Jason Kipnis…you’ve just given me a new excuse to avoid the gym.
Kipnis injured his left ring finger while he was trying to re-rack a weight while working out in his home. The weight was supposedly “fairly heavy” and he ended up smashing his hand between the weight and the rack. Dr. Thomas Graham at the Cleveland Clinic stitched the damaged tendon together and inserted a pin into the finger joint to stabilize it. Kipnis initially had a bad cut on the finger, and after a further examination they found the damage to the tendon. This all sounds very dangerous, and if it happened to an athlete that lifts weights all of the time, it could definitely happen to me and I should stay home and not go to the gym at all.
Anyway, Kipnis is supposed to be ready by spring training, but the training staff has pointed out that recovery time on these injuries could vary from person to person. They’re considering the possibility that his hitting may be delayed, even though they said he should be fine to run, field and throw. I should remind you that even though Kipnis bats left-handed, he throws with his right hand. So I should hope that he’d be ready to throw with his healthy hand by spring training.
Even though the team has really tried to downplay this injury and stress that Kipnis should be fine for 2015, this is still bit of a concern. Perhaps just because every time an Indians fan hears “finger injury,” a chill goes down their spine as they remember Adam Miller hitting triple digits on the radar gun before a finger on his pitching hand fell apart. Even in the best case scenario (Kipnis is fine by spring training) he still has to alter his off-season training regimen to accommodate for the injury. After an extremely disappointing 2014 at the plate (and in the field) for Kipnis, I was really hoping that he could come back in 2015 and look more like the 2013 Kipnis. The last thing he needed was any kind of physical setback at this point. If nothing else, this injury probably makes Kipnis really excited for 2015. For no other reason than the fact that 2014 is finally over.