But if you’ve ever wondered what it feels like when a major-league batter gets nailed with a fastball, look no further than the Indians’ Jason Kipnis.
In Thursday’s spring training matchup with the Royals, the Cleveland second baseman took a Jeremy Guthrie heater to his lower back. Usually when a player takes a pitch to the back, fans might think it doesn’t hurt as much. Think again.
At least Kipnis is preparing himself for the rigors of the regular season by taking his lumps in spring training. I’m guessing that’s going to leave a bruise well past Opening Day.