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Indians will likely activate Jason Giambi on Tuesday


By on 5/18/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Cleveland Indians lost ot the Oakland A's on Saturday by the score of 6-2. The loss was the third straight for the Indians, who fell to 19-24 on the season, last place in the American League Central. There is good news on the injury front as veteran Jason Giambi could be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday. Although Giambi is hitless in 10 at bats this season, he provides power and veteran leadership off the bench.



Our own Matt Musico reported on May 6 that calf injury on May 5 against the Chicago White Sox forced Giambi to leave the game in the sixth inning and landing him on the disabled list. Giambi started the season on the disabled list with a fractured rib.

As reported by Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Giamibi is eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday, but the Tigers have lefty Drew Smyly scheduled to pitch against the Indians on Monday.  Manager Terry Francona said that Giambi will no need a rehab assignment.

Giambi is willing to whatever is best for the team and also feels the team has the pieces to get out of the early season hole.
"We're scuffling. We just cant get that consistent play.  It'll be there. It's going to be there. It's just a question of, how long is it going to take? Hopefully time doesn't run out, because it's going to be there. I'm not panicked or anything. We're keeping our head above water. We just need to get that one good run."
Giambi began his career in 1995 with the Oakland A's. The veteran has played for the A's, Yankees and Rockies during his 19-year career.  Last season with the Rockies, Giambi batted .183 with nine home runs and 31 RBI in 186 at bats.  The five-time All Star and 2001 American League MVP has a career batting average of .277 with 436 home runs, 1,436 RBI and 1,357 walks. 










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