Jason Kipnis was named American League Player of the Week on Monday for the damage he did to Detroit over the weekend, but of more concern to the Indians' second baseman are the daily adjustments in his swing that he has to make because of his right oblique muscle. Kipnis spent a month on the disabled list after straining the oblique at the end of April. He's healthy enough to play, but so far it hasn't been at the All-Star level of 2013. When asked the Detroit series, in which he went 5-for15 with two homers and six RBI, was a sign of progress, Kipnis said, "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." Kipnis came into Monday's game against the Twins hitting .259 (72-for-273) with 14 doubles, five homers and 30 RBI. "No, I didn't come back too fast," he said. "It's just one of those things that's going to be there. "The trainers here are fantastic. They've done a great job. They wouldn't let me play until they thought I was ready to. It's just one of those (injuries) where even if it's not painful, it's still limiting. It's still going to be there and not allow you to be full go or full anything."
Jason Kipnis will be limited by oblique injury for rest of season
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jul 22