Jason Kipnis is being called up to Cleveland for Friday’s game against the White Sox.
Via twitter: @TheJK_Kid Jason Kipnis: “I’m Coming Cleveland!!”
It is unknown as of yet who will be removed from the roster to make room for Kipnis or whether he will be playing primarily second base or outfield when he is on the team. There is a good chance he will be taking over starting second base duties from Orlando Cabrera for the time being. Be excited people! If this works out, Kipnis, Cabrera, Chisenhall will be the starting infield for the next five years. Check back later for updates on exactly how Kipnis will fit on this team.
UPDATE: (7:00 EST) The Indians have just made the official announcement: Jason Kipnis will join the team tomorrow wearing number 22. Both Manny Acta and Chris Antonetti were unavailable to give statements on the move because of the off day, so it is still uncertain whether Kipnis will be making his debut at second base or in the outfield. In order to make room for him on the big league team, utility man Luis Valbuena has been optioned to Triple-A Columbus. Because Kipnis was not part of the 40-man roster, the Indians had to designate Jared Goedert for assignment. The Indians will have 10 days to either trade or release Goedert. After 10 days, Goedert will have to clear waivers if the Indians want to keep him.