Indians lose Jason Kipnis to oblique injury, call up 21-year-old Jose Ramirez

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Jason Kipnis is the latest player to suffer the dreaded strained oblique muscle and after initially holding out some slim hope that he could avoid the disabled list the Indians have placed the second baseman on the shelf.

Utility man Elliot Johnson subbed for Kipnis in the one game he’s missed so far, but the Indians would certainly rather keep his role very limited and they’ve called up prospect Jose Ramirez from the minors to take the All-Star’s roster spot.

Ramirez is only 21 years old, but he debuted with the Indians in September and actually cracked their playoff roster. His numbers at Double-A last season weren’t impressive, but Ramirez was hitting .319 with more walks than strikeouts and an .849 OPS at Triple-A this season despite being one of the youngest players in the entire International League.

Oblique injuries tend to linger, so Ramirez may get an extended look at second base for most of this month.