Jason Kipnis hands out cleats, signs autographs during annual shoe toss

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CLEVELAND-- Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis hosted his annual shoe toss Thursday afternoon.

He continued his tradition of handing out cleats, hats and bats, and posing for pictures. Despite the recent hand surgery, he spent more than an hour signing autographs and posing for pictures. Fans lined up early with signs and Sharpies

"I've built relationships in this city. These are familiar faces, I know their names," Kipnis said. "When you see all those friendly faces, you're like, 'OK, I'm right where I need to be."

This could be the end of his time in Cleveland. The 32-year-old was drafted by the Indians in 2009 and made his major league debut two years later. The Tribe declined to pick up his contract option, but the club has not ruled out bringing him back next year.

His season ended early when he fractured the hamate bone in his right hand, the same bone Jose Ramirez broke earlier in the season.

"I think by Monday, we should be able to grip and lift and start doing some stuff. And a week after that, according to Hosey's schedule, we should be hitting home runs in games," Kipnis joked.

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