The Cleveland Indians have officially activated second baseman Jason Kipnis from the club’s 10-day disabled list. In a corresponding roster move, the club has optioned third baseman Yandy Diaz to Triple-A Columbus.
The veteran second baseman was diagnosed with a strained right rotator cuff back in February. He appeared in only two Cactus League spring training games due to the setback. Fresh off a rehab assignment from Wednesday, he went 0-for-3 while down with Triple-A Columbus.
Kipnis has been durable for the Indians, evident by accruing over 500 at bats every season since 2012. In 2016, he accounted for a single-season career-high 610 at bats over 156 games. He finished the campaign hitting .275 with a single-season career-high 23 home runs during the regular season.
Over the course of his major league career, Kipnis has posted a .272 batting average across 763 appearances and 2,966 at bats altogether.
Diaz’s demotion to Triple-A Columbus comes on the heels of a 13-for-55 clip (.236) with two RBI and nine runs scored in his cup of coffee with Cleveland. The infielder, who signed with the Indians as a free agent in 2013, made his major league debut this season as a member of the Opening Day roster after going 22-for-48 (.458) in spring training.
Kipnis’ return should bode well for the defense and complete the middle infield tandem with shortstop Francisco Lindor. The second baseman’s presence should also only bolster one of the league’s best offenses to open the season. Cleveland enters Friday having scored an even five runs per game so far.
The Indians on Friday open up a three-game set on the road against the Chicago White Sox.