Sep 24, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi (25) hits a game-winning two-run home run in the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Indians’ Jason Giambi sidelined with broken rib

In what is likely to be his last year as an active player in professional baseball, Jason Giambi will miss Opening Day.

It happened in a Spring Training game on March 7th against the Chicago Cubs with Edwin Jackson on the mound. As he told the associated press, he pretty much knew it when it happened.

“I kind of knew. It was a cutter in it hit me just under the pad,” said Giambi, who picked the ball up and flipped it to Jackson. “I didn’t want him to think it hurt.”

It is estimated that Giambi will be out at least three-to-four weeks with the injury, which the 43-year old says took an X-Ray followed by an MRI to locate. He was a hopeful to make the Indians as their primary designated hitter, but now the Tribe will turn towards others who are on a minor-league deal in camp.

Last year, in 71 games in his first season as an Indian, Giambi hit only .183/.282/.371 with 9 homers, but came out as a definite leader who has a lot of life left in him. The 19-year veteran said he’s not discouraged by the injury and will take it as slow as necessary to get back on the field.

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  • Gary

    Maybe someone who can actually play and hit can take his spot