"He plays Tuesday and Wednesday and is going to be off Thursday," Francona said. "Best-case scenario, he flies to Chicago and joins us Friday. Now, that's the best-case scenario."
Kipnis, 30, had a second opinion on his shoulder in mid-March from Dr. Keith Meister in Arizona. At that time, Kipnis was given a timetable of four to five weeks before returning to the Indians' lineup.
The injury limited Kipnis to just five Cactus League at-bats this spring. During a healthy regular season in 2016, Kipnis played in a career-high 156 games and batted .275 with 23 home runs and 82 RBIs.
In five games on his rehab assignment -- two at Triple-A and three with Double-A Akron -- Kipnis was 3-for-13 (.231) with a double and five strikeouts.
Tyler Mason is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.