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• With Michael Bourn on the disabled list with another hamstring injury, second baseman Jason Kipnis has found a new home at the top of the lineup. Entering Sunday, Kipnis had gone 9-for-30 with five stolen bases over seven games in the leadoff spot.

"The confidence is going to come with the success," Kipnis said. "That's not too surprising to many people. The more you hit, the better you feel, the more confident you feel at the plate. When you start hitting the ball the other way, you stop trying to press, you stop trying to force the issue and just let it happen and go out and be the player you can be."

• The Indians still do not have a clear recovery timetable for Nyjer Morgan. The outfielder, who remains on the 60-day disabled list with a right knee injury he suffered in May, sought a second opinion from Dr. Christopher Parker last week.

"We're still in the process of gathering information from that. All accounts are that they concur with the opinion of our medical personnel," Antonetti said. "It's going to be a while. So whether or not that ends up being at some point in August or September, we just don't know yet."

Chris Dickerson was out of the Tribe starting lineup again on Sunday after being held out of the previous game due to a sore hamstring. Manager Terry Francona said the move was only precautionary, and that he wanted Mike Aviles and Ryan Raburn to see game action before the All-Star break.

"I think when Mikey plays a couple games in a row, it's really good for him," Francona said on Saturday. "And Raburn can be available if they bring in a lefty. He'll play tomorrow, too. So we'll cover our guys going into the break."

• The Indians will hold an optional players' workout on Thursday evening at Comerica Park. They are set to begin the second half with a four-game series in Detroit against the Tigers on Friday.

Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.