Already ruled out for opening day, Jason Kipnis, the Indians' starting second baseman,isexpected to miss at least the first two weeks of the regular season while dealing with nagginginflammation in his throwing shoulder.
A second opinion on Kipnis' injured right shoulder determined an additional four to five weeks of recovery time is necessary, manager Terry Francona revealed Sunday.
Kipnis, 29, was shut down for two weeks beginning March 12 due to astrained right rotator cuff. He has been cleared to resume a strengthening program in a week, but won't see game action until at least the third week of the regular season, per the club's timeline.
The Indians open the season April 2 against the Rangers in Texas.
Kipnis also missed the beginning of spring training because of shoulder issues.
The two-time All-Starslugged a career-high 23 home runs in 2016, with a slash line of .275/.343/.469.
The Indians also announced Sundayright-hander Cody Anderson will undergo reconstructive elbow surgery and miss the 2017 season.
In some good news, the reigning AL pennant winners are expected to welcome back outfielder Michael Brantley on Monday in an exhibition game against the Dodgers. Brantley, a two-time All-Star,played in only 11 games last year after undergoing right shoulder surgery.