Kipnis is the third Indians' player to be placed on the disabled list in the last two days, joining All-Star reliever Andrew Miller (right knee tendinitis) and right-hander Danny Salazar (sore right elbow). Outfielders Michael Brantley (sprained right ankle) and Lonnie Chisenhall (strained right calf) and right-hander Josh Tomlin (strained left hamstring) are also nursing injuries.
The 30-year-old Kipnis, who is headed to the disabled list for the third time this season, had just returned two weeks ago from a month-long stint on the DL. He grounded out in the first inning of Tuesday's 9-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox and was replaced by a pinch hitter in the third.
Infielder Erik Gonzalez was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to take the roster spot of Kipnis, who is batting .228 with 11 homers and 30 RBIs in 79 games this season.
The 25-year-old Gonzalez is batting .263 with two homers and six RBIs in 39 games with Cleveland this season.