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Jason Kipnis’ season is over

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Add another injured player to the Cleveland Indians’ injured list: Jason Kipnis‘ season is over.

Kipnis left Sunday’s game against the Twins in the seventh inning with right wrist discomfort. He was examined yesterday and the team just announced that he fractured the hamate bone in his right wrist. The injury will require surgery that has a four-to-six week recover period, so his year is over.

Kipnis’ season ends with him batting .245/.304/.410 with 17 homers and 65 driven in. He’s in the final year of a six-year, $52.5 million deal. The Indians hold a team option on him for 2020 for $16.5 million with a $2.5 million buyout, but given his poor performance over the past three seasons — and the fact that he’ll turn 33 in April — it’s almost certain that they’ll decline it, making him a free agent.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.