Monday afternoon, the Cleveland Indians placed All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
This will be Kipnis’ third career stint on the DL, and this time it comes during his best season thus far. In 2015, the Tribe second baseman has posted some fantastic numbers, hitting .326 with an .878 OPS to go along with six home runs and 39 RBI.
Kipnis has been limited to DH duties in three of the last five games and he went in for an MRI which triggered the move to the DL.
The Indians have called up Jose Ramirez from Triple-A to take his spot. Ramirez was up with the team earlier this season and began the season as the starting shortstop before he was demoted to the Minor Leagues in favor of top prospect, and now starting shortstop, Francisco Lindor.
This season has been a bit of a disappointment in Cleveland and this move just adds to the struggles that the Indians have experienced. The Tribe currently sit in the cellar of the AL Central and are 5.5 GB of the second wild card spot.
Kipnis has been one of the only constants in the Indians offense and this move could be the final nail in the coffin for their playoff chances.