"I think it was more precautionary than anything, at least that's the hope," Francona said. "With those types of things, we'll certainly know more tomorrow."
Kipnis hit a ground-rule double in the top of the fourth, lashing one down the left-field line that bounced over the short wall in the corner. He later moved up one base on a fielder's choice. He did not join the team on defense in the bottom half of the inning, with Jose Ramirez sliding over to Kipnis' position at second and Giovanny Urshela taking over at third.
The Indians activated Kipnis off the disabled list on Sunday, after he missed 22 games with a right hamstring strain he suffered running out a ground ball July 8. Before exiting Thursday, he was 2-for-15 since his return.
Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.