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Jason Kipnis to the disabled list, Giovanny Urshela recalled

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The move is expected following Kipnis’s removal from Saturday’s game.

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The Cleveland Indians have placed Jason Kipnis on the disabled list Sunday with a hamstring injury suffered during Saturday's win over the Detroit Tigers.

The injury comes at a fortunate or unfortunate time depending on how you view it. With the All-Star break upon us, it means Kipnis will miss fewer games than one would normally expect; however, his bat began to heat up over the last couple of weeks as he remained healthy.

Giovanny Urshela earns the recall from Triple-A Columbus to take his place in the 25-man roster. Urshela last suited up for Cleveland in 2015, before the ascension of Francisco Lindor. During his time in Columbus this season, Urshela swatted .266/.321/.374 and continued to be an effective fielding option at multiple infield positions.

This begs the question as to where Urshela will play. His natural position is third base, but a certain Jose Ramirez just earned an All-Star nod at that position. Erik Gonzalez can handle second defensively, although his overall makeup is still more suitable in a utility role. Ramirez likely won’t balk at a move back to second — he played there at the beginning of the year while Kipnis rehabbed another injury. Still, I wonder what effect that would have, if any, on his day-to-day level of play.

Regardless, this is a chance for Urshela to prove he belongs at the major league level. An impressive performance might open up some interesting trade deadline dialogue.