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• As expected, Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was out of the starting lineup on Sunday, marking the fourth straight game he has missed with a stiff neck. Cleveland is hopeful that Kipnis will be able to rejoin the lineup for Monday's road game against the Angels.

• Indians left-hander Rafael Perez resumed his Minor League rehab on Saturday, turning in one shutout inning for Triple-A Columbus. The reliever walked one with no hits allowed or strikeouts. There is no timetable for return for Perez, who has been shelved with a left lat strain since April 26.

• The Indians expect to activate right-hander Roberto Hernandez before Wednesday's game against the Angels. Cleveland will need to remove a pitcher -- either a starter or reliever -- from its staff in order to add Hernandez to the rotation. The Tribe is carrying eight relief pitchers.

• As expected, Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was out of the starting lineup on Sunday, marking the fourth straight game he has missed with a stiff neck. Cleveland is hopeful that Kipnis will be able to rejoin the lineup for Monday's road game against the Angels.

• Indians left-hander Rafael Perez resumed his Minor League rehab on Saturday, turning in one shutout inning for Triple-A Columbus. The reliever walked one with no hits allowed or strikeouts. There is no timetable for return for Perez, who has been shelved with a left lat strain since April 26.

• The Indians expect to activate right-hander Roberto Hernandez before Wednesday's game against the Angels. Cleveland will need to remove a pitcher -- either a starter or reliever -- from its staff in order to add Hernandez to the rotation. The Tribe is carrying eight relief pitchers.