Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been removed from his rehab start with the Akron RubberDucks after being hit in the hand in first at-bat. Kipnis was due up two innings later, but was replaced by Yhoxian Medina in the third inning.
Kipnis is currently rehabbing a shoulder injury that shortened his spring training and delayed his start to the 2017 season; this was his third game playing with the Double-A RubberDucks.
According to Indians Baseball Insider’s Jake Dungan, Kipnis was removed as a precautionary measure with a left-hand contusion.
That sounds like good news to me, and doctor of physical therapy Brandon Bowers agrees: