The Indians have placed second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain, per a team announcement on Wednesday. Kipnis suffered the injury while running out a ground ball in the first inning of Cleveland’s 9-1 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Kipnis, 30, hasn’t had a particularly good season, hitting .228/.285/.409 with 11 homers in 335 plate appearances. Nevertheless, the two-time former All-Star provides a key veteran presence in Cleveland’s lineup, and in his absence, the Indians will be forced to turn to inexperienced young players.
With Kipnis on the DL, Jose Ramirez is expected to shift back to second base, just as he did when Kipnis was injured in April and July, while Giovanny Urshela and Yandy Diaz see time at third. Erik Gonzalez, who was recalled to fill Kipnis’ spot on Wednesday, could also see action at either second or third.