CLE@LAA: Kipnis hurts his abdomen, leaves game

CHICAGO -- Jason Kipnis joined the Indians prior to Tuesday's game against the White Sox but won't be activated until Wednesday, when he'll start his first game since April 29.

The All-Star second baseman, who was placed on the disabled list May 2 with a strained right oblique, went 1-for-9 with a three-run homer in three rehab appearances with Triple-A Columbus.

"They went well. When you go through stuff like that, it's more about getting healthy and making sure that the body feels good," Kipnis said. "It's not about putting up numbers, it's not about anything like that or performance on the field. It's just, 'Do I feel comfortable and confident in my oblique now?' And I can go out and play a game and I think I'm ready to be back."

Kipnis wasn't overly upset about missing a game against White Sox ace Chris Sale but, of course, he wanted to play. He understood the team's decision to give him a day to get "back in the groove of things."

Either way, he feels he tested his oblique enough on his rehab assignment.

"Had some big swing and misses down there, so really tested it out on that," said a laughing Kipnis. "And once they saw that, they're like, 'He actually got some big swings in,' so they felt confident and it feels pretty good to go now."

Kipnis' return couldn't have come at a better time with Nick Swisher hitting the 15-day DL and Carlos Santana being placed on the seven-day concussion DL.

"I can't ever think of a good time not to get Kip back," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He's turned himself into one of the better players in the league, the way he approaches the game. I don't care if it's Sept. 30th or Spring Training. Having Kip back is great."

Quote to note

"Yeah, I mean, that's one of those things that's inevitable, if you're back there and you take a foul tip. And everyone is throwing so hard, it'll knock you up pretty good. The seven-day DL thing is actually good because it takes about a week until you start noticing a difference. It's a great thing."
-- Backup catcher George Kottaras, who has experienced two concussions of his own, on the creation of the seven-day concussion DL

Smoke signals

• Francona said Lonnie Chisenhall, along with Jesus Aguilar, will also see some time at first while Swisher recovers.

"Aggie's here, and I would assume that Aggie will play a lot just because we want to see what he can do, too," Francona said. "But we'll run Lonnie over there a little bit."

• Starter Zach McAllister, who was placed on the disabled Thursday with a lower back strain, threw a 50-pitch bullpen session on Monday. Francona said McAllister will throw again Friday, and may face a few hitters.

• Double-A Akron right-hander Cody Anderson has been named Indians Minor League Player of the Week for May 19-25, the club announced Tuesday. Anderson, 23, allowed one run on five hits in 5 1/3 innings in his last start on Saturday.

The 6-4, 220-pound righty, who has allowed no more than one run in four of his last six starts, was named the Indians Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2013 after posting the lowest ERA (2.65) in the organization.