Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis gets one more day of rest; Andrew Miller throws BP session

Jason Kipnis left Thursday's game against the Rays with a tight right hamstring. Andrew Miller, eligible to come off the

ST. PETERSBURG -- Indians manager Terry Francona decided to give second baseman Jason Kipnis one more day to rest his troublesome right hamstring. Francona said Kipnis could have started Sunday against the Rays at Tropicana Field, but preferred that he played on the natural grass field at Fenway Park on Monday night instead of Tropicana Field's artificial turf.

Kipnis did stand in the batter's box to give Andrew Miller a target to throw to during a Sunday morning bullpen session. Miller is on the disabled list with patella tendinitis in his right knee.

"Kip could be in there today," said Francona, "but it was my decision that if we could go one more day (and avoid) this turf it would set him up better if he could play on grass Monday.

"I think it will put him in a better place."

The Indians play a makeup game against the Red Sox on Monday night.

Miller is eligible to come off the DL today, but Francona said a decision on his status hasn't been made yet. It's possible Miller could need to make a rehab appearance because he's been on the DL since Aug. 2.

"We're trying to simulate as close to a game as we can," said Francona. "He'll warm up in the bullpen. Run on the field. It will be everything but the guys hitting.

"After it's over, we'll re-evaluate. Does he need a rehab game? We'll do that collectively."

Francona, Miller and Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway talked on the field after he got done throwing.

Miller threw a bullpen session Friday, and Francona and Callaway said his knee showed no ill effects on Saturday.

Kipnis, on the DL from July 9 through Aug. 5 with a strained right hamstring, left Thursday's game against the Rays when the hamstring tightened after he hit a double. He has not played since.

"Kip will certainly be available to pinch hit (Sunday) as he was on Saturday night," said Francona. "He was hitting (in the cages) Saturday night."

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