Jason Kipnis diagnosed with fractured right hand

The veteran might've played his last game for the Indians

James Rapien
September 17, 2019 - 2:38 pm
Sep 9, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) hits a two run home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports


CLEVELAND, OH – Jason Kipnis fractured the hamate bone in right hand during Sunday’s 7-5 win over the Twins.  An MRI revealed the injury on Monday.

“He took that one swing and you probably saw it, he kinda grabbed it,” manager Terry Francona said. “He waved us off when he actually hit the double but then he got looked at after the inning and James [Quinlan] just said, ‘Get him out.’”

Infielder Andrew Velazquez was recalled from Triple-A and will start at second base on Tuesday night against the Tigers. The Indians acquired him in a trade with the Rays on July 3. Velazquez posted a .244/.261/.378 slash line in 12 games for Columbus this season.

The Indians have been decimated by injuries this season. José Ramírez, Corey Kluber, Mike Clevinger, Carlos Carrasco are just a few of the many players that have missed significant time with various ailments. 

Kipnis’ season is over. He finished with a .245 batting average, 17 home runs and 65 RBI in 121 games.

It would be surprising to see the front office exercise his $16.5 million club option for next season. It’s safe to wonder if Kipnis has played his last game as a member of the Indians?