Freak accident has Kipnis hobbling into World Series

Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:54pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is dealing with a sprained left ankle as he prepares for Tuesday's Game One of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs.

Kipnis suffered the injury in "freak" circumstances when he hugged team mate Francisco Lindor in celebration in the moments after the Indians clinched a spot in the World Series by winning the American League Championship Series against Toronto.

Shortstop Lindor accidentally stepped on the ankle of Kipnis, who joked about it on Monday.

“I think I was getting too much of the spotlight so he (Lindor) tried to take me out,” Kipnis told reporters at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

“It was a freak accident. I just landed on it, rolled it. Hopefully we’ll be good to go by tomorrow night.”

Kipnis, 29, has played his entire six-season major league career for the Indians, after growing up in the Chicago suburb of Northbrook, where he was a childhood Cubs fan.

His family and many of his hometown friends still follow the Cubs, as he was reminded while watching Chicago win the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers on Saturday.

“It was weird,” he said. “All I was seeing on social media (from) all my friends from home, it was nothing but Cubs’ posts.

“You’re happy for all the friends and family back home rooting for the Cubs. It’s cool to see and I know the history of the team.   Continued...

Oct 17, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) hits a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning in game three of the 2016 ALCS playoff baseball series at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports