CLE@LAA: Kipnis hurts his abdomen, leaves game

BALTIMORE -- After making a pair of rehab starts with Triple-A Columbus -- and blasting a home run on Saturday night -- second baseman Jason Kipnis is likely to rejoin the Indians on Tuesday.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona and general manager Chris Antonetti originally planned to have the second baseman return for the opener of a three-game series with the White Sox on Monday, but Kipnis will take an extra day down in Triple-A to ensure a return to full health.

"The medical people kind of tried to talk some sense into me and Chris, and they did," Francona said. "He's going to play tomorrow [for Columbus] and then join us."

Kipnis played five innings and went 0-for-2 with an RBI groundout in his first rehab start against Triple-A Durham on Friday. On Saturday, Kipnis went 1-for-3 with the home run in seven innings.

The 2013 All-Star will get Sunday off and play a full nine innings against Triple-A Charlotte on Monday.

"First game, he said he felt a little rusty, but he took some good swings," Francona said. "He hit a home run last night and he said he kind of let it loose, which is good."

Kipnis' return will stabilize a two-spot in the order that has been a revolving door since the second baseman went down. Infielder Mike Aviles has batted there the past two days and Sunday it was Carlos Santana.

Santana is batting just .160, but he went 1-for-2 with a home run and three walks during the Tribe's 9-0 win against the Orioles on Saturday. Francona wanted to use the switch-hitting Santana higher in the order against the O's left-handed starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez to split up the string of lefties that typically populates the middle of the lineup.

"It's not ideal having him second, that's not where he's going to hit for his career," Francona said, "but I thought for today it would help us."

Swisher honored to be finalist for Feller Award

DET@CLE: Swisher catches liner, doubles off Avila

BALTIMORE -- A year ago, Nick Swisher was a finalist for the first Bob Feller Act of Valor Award.

He does lots of work with veterans and, of course, he played for the Indians, so he thought he was an easy selection as the award's winner.

"I didn't know how the award worked," Swisher said. "I thought, you know, Bob Feller was a Cleveland Indian, I was a Cleveland Indian -- I thought I had it locked up, but I guess not."

Swisher was named one of 11 finalists for the 2014 award on Friday, along with Orioles relief pitcher Darren O'Day. The winner will be announced on July 5 at Progressive Field and honored as part of a Veterans Day ceremony at the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

"Just to be put next to Bob Feller is an honor for me," Swisher said, "so second time around hopefully we'll be able to get some Cleveland votes in there to pull it off."

Swisher's latest charitable endeavor is the High & Tight campaign, which he kicked off with Norelco this month. The campaign has Swisher sporting a military-style haircut and Norelco making donations to Operation Homefront.

Previously, Swisher made a trip overseas to visit troops stationed in the Middle East.

"Going to Afghanistan might have sealed the deal on that award," Swisher joked.

Swisher traces his military appreciation back to his grandfather, Don, who served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

His father wasn't in the military, but that family link has still played a major part in his life.

"I think my grandfather instilled all those morals in us to let us know there is a reason you have the freedom that you have," Swisher said.

Swisher was also back in the lineup on Sunday against the O's after a two-day absence, playing first base and batting fifth.

Worth noting

Asdrubal Cabrera was out of the Indians lineup for the third consecutive game with a toe and knee injury. The shortstop was on the field running before Sunday's game and Francona said he would be further evaluated. Depending on how he reacted, Cabrera could be available as a pinch-hitter and is likely to return to the lineup on Monday against the White Sox.