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Indians ready to welcome Jason Giambi back

May 19, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

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Cleveland will activate designated hitter/bench bat Jason Giambi from the disabled list on Tuesday, manager Terry Francona just announced.

That means Giambi will return from a strained calf without going on a minor-league rehab assignment first. It also means he’ll return to the active roster despite being 0-for-10 on the season and hitting .183 in 71 games last season. For whatever reason the Indians feel very strongly about the value of having Giambi around despite his being 43 years old and last being a productive hitter in 2011.

They re-signed him, they gave him a 25-man roster spot after a broken rib during spring training, and now they’re rushing him back from a stint on the disabled list.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 19, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    The Indians need all the help they can get. I suspect that they will also let Giambi pitch in the 9th inning of blowouts.

  2. largebill - May 19, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    If this was a beer league softball team I’d add him to the roster in a hurry. However, a major league team with any intention of contending should know better. Then again, the Indians don’t appear all that interested in contending.

  3. vincentbojackson - May 19, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    The fact that there isn’t anyone in their farm system more deserving of Giambi’s roster spot is alarming.

  4. bmadormo - May 19, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Hard to believe the Indians don’t have a prospect that could produce more than Gianni

  5. phipfwe76 - May 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    I’m a Phillies fan, and even this guy seems too old for my team.

  6. boogerhill - May 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Is a 43 year old former juicer really going to make a difference in a runaway division?

    • renaado - May 19, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      Nope.

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