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MLB Notebook: Jason Kipnis seeks shin guard via social media

Associated Press Published: April 15, 2017 4:00 AM

CLEVELAND -- A Cleveland Indians player has enlisted the help of social media to help him find a discontinued piece of protective gear.

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis explained that he lost his favorite white Easton shin guard in an Instagram post Thursday. Kipnis says he's worn the model since college but can't replace it because Easton discontinued.

The second baseman says he will give tickets or memorabilia to anyone who can send him the model shin guard he wore. He has even offered up signed gear from Indians teammate Francisco Lindor in exchange for a replacement Easton shin guard.

Kipnis' post has received more than 5,000 likes.

Finding a shin guard isn't the biggest issue for Kipnis, however. Already on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder, Kipnis has a bruised and swollen left hand after being hit by pitch.

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Kipnis was struck on Wednesday night at Double-A Akron while on a minor league rehab assignment.

Indians manager Terry Francona said X-rays were negative and the team is hopeful that Kipnis can continue his stint Saturday. Kipnis was at Progressive Field on Thursday and threw but didn't go through fielding drills because his hand was sore and swollen.

"It's going to be just a matter of a few days," Francona said.

Kipnis has been sidelined since training camp. His shoulder was sore when he reported to Goodyear, Ariz., and the 30-year-old only played in two exhibition games as Cleveland's designated hitter. The Indians placed him on the 10-day disabled list on April 2.

The two-time All-Star played a key role in helping Cleveland reach the World Series for the first time since 1997 last season, batting .275 with 23 home runs and 82 RBI in 156 games. The Indians have missed his production this season as they scored 31 runs in their first eight games.

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Kipnis was playing his third game for Akron when he was hit in the first inning. He remained in the game, but was removed for a pinch-hitter in the third. Kipnis was hit by Trenton's Justus Sheffield, who was traded by the Indians to the New York Yankees last July as part of the deal for All-Star reliever Andrew Miller.

Indians recall Nick Goody, option Shawn Armstrong

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians, forced to use infielder Michael Martinez as a pitcher in Thursday's loss to the Chicago White Sox, have recalled right-hander Nick Goody from Triple-A Columbus.

Right-hander Shawn Armstrong, one of six pitchers used in the 10-4 defeat, was optioned to Columbus.

Josh Tomlin allowed seven runs in 1 2/3 innings, forcing manager Terry Francona to empty his bullpen to get through the eighth. Martinez, making his first career appearance on the mound, allowed a hit in a scoreless ninth.

Goody, acquired from the New York Yankees in December, pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings over three appearances for Columbus. Armstrong, who pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings Thursday, had no record and an 8.44 ERA in four relief outings with the Indians.


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