SEATTLE -- The Indians were willing to give Carlos Santana until Tuesday to suit back up with the team, but the first baseman will rejoin the club in Seattle before the end of the current series.
Santana was placed on Major League Baseball's paternity list on Thursday after he and his wife, Brittany, welcomed a daughter into their family that morning in Cleveland. After an off-day on Monday, the Indians open a three-game series in Kansas City, but Santana is planning on flying to Seattle for Sunday's game at Safeco Field.
"Everything is good," Indians manager Terry Francona said prior to Friday's game. "I think he's comfortable with Brittany, that she's got enough help. So, he's good to go. ... He was like, 'No, I'll be there.' That made it easier."
Had Santana elected to return on Tuesday, Cleveland would have likely needed to transfer him to MLB's restricted list. The paternity list only allows a player a maximum of three days away from the club.
• Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had two more hits on Thursday night, giving him a franchise record 48 for the month of May. Kipnis' offensive tear has been reminiscent of June 2013, when he hit .419, won the American League Player of the Month honor and hit his way onto his first All-Star team.
"He's in the midst of a really good run here," Francona said. "Right now, you're seeing a good player that feels good, and it's fun to watch. His level, when he feels good, is pretty dang high. You're seeing what he's doing. He's contributing all over the place."
• In the sixth inning on Thursday night, shortstop Jose Ramirez pulled off a hustle double on a ball hit into the left-center gap, and he later scored from third base on a grounder to second base by Kipnis with Seattle's infield drawn in. Francona said Ramirez (.395 on-base percentage in his last 10 games, entering Friday) has been making strides of late.
"He's very confident," Francona said. "He's so aggressive. I would say lately it's been a lot more smart aggressive. If you can get smart and aggressive, that's the best. Having one without the other sometimes isn't real helpful. ... He's fearless and we don't ever want to take that away."
• Indians catcher Yan Gomes, who returned from the disabled list on Sunday after missing six weeks with a sprained right knee, is scheduled to start back-to-back games for the first time since the injury. With an off-day on Monday, Francona said Gomes is slated to start Saturday and Sunday against the Mariners.