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Jason Giambi has a broken rib

Mar 13, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

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Whatever chance Jason Giambi had of making the Indians’ active roster out of spring training is gone now, as the veteran designated hitter suffered a broken rib from being hit by a pitch Friday.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Giambi is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks and he was already no sure thing to make the team on a minor-league contract, although this does provide an opportunity for the Indians to simply place him on the disabled list and put off a 25-man roster decision until later.

Giambi is extremely popular in the Indians’ clubhouse and has been viewed as sort of a player/coach for a while now, but he hit just .183 with a .653 OPS in 71 games last season and wasn’t much better in 2012.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Osteoporosis is tough, man.

  2. mdpickles - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Of all the admitted PEDers, Giambi was genuinely sorry for what happened. He’s well liked and a baseball lifer, hope he finds good fortune as a coach/manager.

  3. crillbill - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Great dude.

    I’m sure he will be an outstanding manager in the mold of a Kirk Gibson.

    • bfunk1978 - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      I hope he’s better than that.

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Mar 14, 2014 at 2:00 AM

      Needs more grit.

  4. ggallin4evr - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Crappy stats, but a couple key ph home runs got them to the playoffs.

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