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    Giambi Done for Season??

    According to this report....from Yankees.com
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    NEW YORK -- Yankees slugger Jason Giambi will be shelved for at least three weeks and possibly the remainder of the season with torn tissue in the arch of his left foot.
    Giambi, 36, was examined in New York on Thursday by Dr. William Hamilton, an orthopedic foot and ankle specialist. Giambi has been told he has plantar fasciitis and a partial tear of his plantar fascia, the band of tissue connecting his heel to his toes.

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman characterized Giambi's injury as "severe," according to The Associated Press, and could not rule out that it might force Giambi to miss as much as the remainder of the season.

    "That I don't know," Cashman told the AP. "Ultimately, it simply will be ready when it's healed. Right now I can't tell you how long that's going to take."

    The tear is believed to have been suffered on Tuesday at Rogers Centre in Toronto as Giambi ran out a home run to left-center field off the Blue Jays' Scott Downs.

    Giambi -- who stole a base earlier in the game and advanced to third on an error -- appeared to limp noticeably after rounding the second base bag and gingerly completed his trip around the bases.

    Giambi will placed in a walking boot and is scheduled to be re-evaluated in three weeks, Yankees team spokesman Jason Zillo said on Thursday.

    The Yankees will officially place Giambi on the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday's game at Fenway Park in Boston, where the club is set to open a three-game series with the Red Sox, and are expected to recall outfielder Kevin Thompson from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre of the International League.

    The designated hitter has been noticeably hobbled by pain in his left foot for the better part of two weeks, which has limited his ability to push off while batting because the injury affects his back, or plant, foot.

    During the Yankees' three-game series in Toronto, Giambi had successfully lobbied the training staff to allow him to return to New York in hopes of receiving a cortisone injection in the heel of his foot, which Giambi thought would permit him to quell the pain for the series against the Red Sox.

    "I do fine for one day, and then I struggle for three," Giambi said on Tuesday. "We obviously need me to be that player that I am, where I can help carry the team. Singles aren't really going to get it done. I've got to be able to drive the ball."

    In 45 games for New York, Giambi is batting .262 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs. He batted just .172 (10-for-58) in his injury-marred May, though he homered in Tuesday's Yankees loss at Rogers Centre and collected three RBIs on Wednesday as the Yankees snapped a five-game losing streak.

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    One Question: What da #@$# is Giambi doing stealing bases?
    "After my fourth season I asked for $43,000 and General Manager Ed Barrow told me, 'Young man, do you realize Lou Gehrig, a 16-year-man, is playing for only $44,000?' I said, Mr. Barrow, there is only one answer to that - Mr. Gehrig is terribly underpaid."- Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio

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    I've long thought that the Yankees would be better off with Giambi and he has long stood as the symbol of what has been wrong with the Yankees the past five years or so. So to me, this just takes care of the problem. It's just mind boggling that it appears the team is calling up Chris Britton instead of another position player. I think Britton should be on the team, but he shouldn't be replacing Giambi. The team's bench now is woefully short and extremely mediocre.

    EDIT: Nevermind, I read now that it will be Thompson getting called up, which makes a lot more sense. Still I'd like to see Shelly Duncan get a shot. He's earned it. Why even bother having him in the minors if you won't give him a shot when presented with a perfectly sensible opportunity such as this one?
    Last edited by DoubleX; 06-01-2007 at 01:57 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleX View Post
    Still I'd like to see Shelly Duncan get a shot. He's earned it. Why even bother having him in the minors if you won't give him a shot when presented with a perfectly sensible opportunity such as this one?
    Because we have meintkewich and phelpss and because we need an outfielder a lot more. By the way, was not signing Bernie a mistake or a big mistake?
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    This may not be such a bad thing.

    Damon will now mainly DH. He'll get to stay off his feet a little more and get some rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee Legend View Post
    Because we have meintkewich and phelpss and because we need an outfielder a lot more. By the way, was not signing Bernie a mistake or a big mistake?
    My 2 cents. Giambi was DH and to protect A Rod. Shelley has a 600 SLG. He should be the DH replacement. We need a bat on the bench to pinch hit. I agree we don't need another 1B. But honestly, we don't play Phelps who is a better 1B anyway. Shelley will be the DH not 1B.

    This is what I see: Matsui and Damon will be DH and Thompson and Melky will rotate in OF. I feel having Shelley as DH and rotating Melky is better idea.

    (Giambi may be out for the year to collect the insurance)

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    Last edited by clipper; 06-01-2007 at 03:42 PM. Reason: main thread comment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee Legend View Post
    Because we have meintkewich and phelpss and because we need an outfielder a lot more. By the way, was not signing Bernie a mistake or a big mistake?
    I think not signing Bernie was a big mistake. He can still swing the bat ably enough and really couldn't be any worse than Abreu and Cabrera to this point. But I think his loss is felt more in two other respects. First, I think he was a big part of the character and mystique of the team, even if his role has been significantly diminished. Second, I think seeing him go really shook up the team and a sense of stability, and I think this has had an especially profound effect on Rivera.

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