Indians activate Jason Kipnis from disabled list, send down Justin Sellers

Thearon W. Henderson

Welcome back, Jason, I hope you're ready to hit (because your team needs it).

The Indians have activated Jason Kipnis from the disabled list and optioned Justin Sellers back to Columbus in order to free up the roster spot.

Kipnis has been out since April 29 with a strained oblique, but after a weekend rehab stint with the Clippers, he's been cleared to return, and boy could the Indians use him. While Kipnis' numbers were down a bit at the start of the year (.234/.354/.394), he was still a well above average hitter (115 wRC+), and he's rejoining a team badly in need of offense (the Indians don't have an extra-base hit in their last three games).

Sellers has only appeared in seven games for the Tribe, going 3 for 16 without an extra-base hit. He's not the worst insurance policy in the world for an infield injury, but hopefully we've seen the last of him this season, since that would mean Kipnis and others are healthy.

Kipnis' walk rate (15.0%) before the injury represented a career high, while his strikeout rate (14.23) was a career low. His isolated power was right in line with his 2013 and career figures, so it was really just a matter of his low batting average, which was due in part to a .250 BABIP that is 61 points below his career level.

It's also worth remembering that Kipnis' OPS at the end of last April was only .555, but then shot up to .880 for May, and an incredible 1.216 in June, when he had one of the best months by any player in franchise history. If he can match even his May numbers from a year ago, he'll provide a huge boost to the Tribe.

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