CLEVELAND -- Like he does on many days, second baseman Jason Kipnis walked through the Indians' clubhouse Monday afternoon wearing the blue All-Star shirt every player was given several weeks ago.
"I wear this before every game," he said. "It's a comfy shirt."
But unlike the other days Kipnis wore the shirt, he did so this time with the knowledge he would not get to play in next week's All-Star Game in Kansas City. Despite solid numbers, Kipnis' name was not included when the rosters were announced Sunday.
The Yankees' Robinson Cano and Rangers' Ian Kinsler will represent the AL at second base.
When asked if he was disappointed he didn't make it, Kipnis declined to answer.
"I'm gonna leave that one alone," he said.
Entering Monday, Kipnis led all AL second basemen in RBIs (47) and stolen bases (20), and was second in home runs (11). His batting average (.275) fell one point behind Kinsler's.
"He has the numbers to be in the All-Star Game," said Indians manager Manny Acta. "It's easy to be biased because we see him on an everyday basis and we want him to be in there bad. But if you look around the league, there are some guys that they must also feel like they've been snubbed.
"He's gonna have an opportunity again because he's gonna be good for years to come."