Kipnis confident ankle won't be an issue

Kipnis confident ankle won't be an issue

CLEVELAND -- Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, who suffered a mild left ankle sprain during the club's American League pennant-clinching celebration last week, does not expect the injury to be an issue when World Series play with the Cubs opens tonight at Progressive Field.

"I should be good," Kipnis said Monday. "We're feeling good. We're progressing the way we had hoped. Right now, we're just getting out the swelling, getting range of motion back. If we can get it to where I can move around, the doctors have got stuff that can take pain away. I'll be all right tomorrow night."

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Kipnis, who rolled his ankle mid-leaping hug with Francisco Lindor, tested it in a series of baseball activities, first taking grounders during Sunday's workout and later stepping to the plate in a simulated game.

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On Monday, the infielder took to the bases for running drills.

"He's doing much better today," Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday. "He might not be 100 percent, but I don't think it's going to get in the way."

Jane Lee is a reporter for Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.