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Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis will get second opinion on his right shoulder

By Paul Hoynes • Mar 15, 2017 at 6:30 PM

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Jason Kipnis will get a second opinion on his strained right rotator cuff at the end of the week. Until then, the Indians' second baseman is on limited activity.

The Indians will get a two for one deal from Dr. Keith Meister, who is visiting their spring training headquarters Thursday or Friday to examine Kipnis and right-hander Cody Anderson, who has a damaged UCL in his right elbow. Meister did the operation on Michael Brantley's right shoulder in August and Anderson's elbow in November.

Kipnis and manager Terry Francona said if this was the regular season, he'd be able to play with the injury. He became concerned when he started doing activities not related to baseball and feeling pain in the shoulder.

"Actually I was making a lot of good progression in my hitting and throwing," said Kipnis. "I was starting to be pain free. It was just the side effects of it -- there was some other stuff going on not related to baseball movements, like everyday movements that were triggering a pain in the shoulder.

"They could strengthen everything to do baseball movements, it was the other movements that they never really considered. I think that was causing us some problems."

Francona told reporters Monday that Kipnis would be shut down for at least two weeks. He said that most likely Kipnis would miss the season opener on April 3, meaning he'd open the year on the disabled list.

Kipnis said it's frustrating not being able to play, but added, "At the same time there's no disagreement whatsoever about the move. I think it's the right thing to do. I'm in total agreement with them, on the same schedule they have laid out for me."

The Indians are considering their options on how to replace Kipnis. One of them involves moving Jose Ramirez from third to second base.

"I've got no problem with that," said Ramirez. "I'll play anywhere."

If Ramirez leaves third, the Indians best defensive option to replace him would be Giovanny Urshela. He just rejoined the Indians after Colombia was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic.

"I just got back," said Urshela. "I didn't even know Kipnis was hurt until somebody told me here."

Urshela played 80 games at third base for the Tribe in 2015, but didn't hit much. Last year the Indians signed free agent Juan Uribe to give their offense a boost at third. When Uribe didn't produce, Ramirez replaced him.

Francona said it seemed like Urshela grew frustrated with Ramirez and Uribe in front of him and his career stalled at Class AAA Columbus. He added that the Indians couldn't let that happened and talked to Urshela early in camp.

"I've never been frustrated in my career," said Urshela. "I always keep my mind in the game and keep working toward the next opportunity."

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