CLEVELAND — Indians 2B Jason Kipnis could be out more than a month due to a hand fracture, according to the team on Tuesday.
Kipnis missed Sunday's game against Minnesota due to hand discomfort. On Monday, an x-ray revealed he had sustained a fracture to his hamate wrist bone, the Indians stated. The injury is expected to need surgery.
According to the Indians, the typical timeframe for recovery of this type of injury is four to six weeks, which would keep Kipnis out of the rest of the season.
Kipnis may have played his last game ever as a Cleveland Indian.
Next season, Kipnis has a club option with the team, which means if the team thinks his value isn't worth the guaranteed $16.5 million he would make next season, they can buy him out and decline the option.
Last season, the Tribe exercised pitcher Carlos Carrasco's club option but declined outfielder Brandon Guyer's option.
With free agency beginning at the end of October, we will have to wait and see if Kipnis returns next season as an Indian.
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