Jason Kipnis' Cactus League batting average isn't the only thing in pain. The right elbow of the Indians' second baseman is sore and will keep him out of the lineup until Sunday, at the earliest.

Kipnis showed little concern Friday afternoon for either malady.

"I'm not really concerned about the average in spring training," said Kipnis. "I really didn't have a good average in spring training last year. I still have my confidence."

Kipnis is hitting .154 (6-for-39) with one homer and three RBI in 15 games.

"Right now, we're still working on things," said Kipnis. "I'm trying to get my timing down and still have good at-bats. I think I'm starting to have better at-bats and swing at the right pitches. I'm not too worried if the hits aren't falling yet."

Kipnis injured his elbow playing long toss. Friday was the third straight game he has missed.

"It's fine," said Kipnis. "We were just throwing a lot, getting a lot of extra work done, so my elbow is just hanging a little bit.

"If it was the regular season, it wouldn't be a problem at all. We have the luxury to rest a couple of days right now, so we're going to do it."

Kipnis is about to begin his second season as the Indians' starting second baseman. Two years ago, he would not be so nonchalant about his status.

"It's fair to say I would have cared about my numbers a little more a couple of years ago," he said. "If you're trying to win a spot or make a good impression, you want to put up results. But having a year in now, and having confidence in myself, I know that just because I don't hit in spring doesn't mean I won't hit.

"It could be a good thing. Maybe I'm just saving all the hits. Ryan Raburn and Lonnie Chisenhall, they're using all their hits up. . . . That's a rookie move."

Kipnis was laughing when he said that.

Raburn, trying to make the club as a non-roster player, is hitting .368 (14-for-38) with five doubles, four homers and 11 RBI. Chisenhall, with his first clear shot at the third base job, is hitting .405 (17-for-42) with four doubles, four homers and 12 RBI.

Raburn, by the way, is not a rookie. Neither is Chisenhall.

Indians manager Terry Francona said Kipnis is making adjustments in his swing. Last year, he held the bat parallel to the ground before starting his swing. Francona said he has lifted the bat a bit higher.

"Everything is still basically the same," said Kipnis. "I'm just trying to adjust my approach and be a little more consistent with my swing. Other than that, it's about getting my swings in and getting ready for the season."

Last year, Kipnis had a good start to his first full season in the big leagues. Through June 10, he was hitting .285 (68-for-239) with six doubles, three doubles, 10 homers and 39 RBI in 59 games.

He stalled after the All-Star break, hitting .233 (61-for-262) with 14 doubles, three homers and 27 RBI in 69 games.