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Newz Forum: BASEBALL: Giambi tests for potentially fatal disease

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TRD

posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 12:48 PM
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Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi is undergoing tests for a potentially fatal condition sometimes caused by intestinal parasites, his personal trainer told the Newark Star Ledger.
 

"He told me, 'I don't care about even hitting .220. I just want to feel better,' " Bob Alejo told the newspaper for a story published in Monday's editions. "He's exhausted, and it's not getting any better."

Giambi is being tested for a parasite called entamoeba histolytica, Alejo said, which can cause a potentially fatal condition called amebiasis. The parasite can be transmitted through water and food, among other ways, and it can embed itself in the intestinal lining, making it undetectable except by very specific tests, according to the Star Ledger's report.

Giambi has been tested for cancer and HIV in the last week. Both tests came back negative.

Giambi is scheduled to see another infectious disease specialist on Monday and will undergo specific tests for E. Histolytica, the newspaper reported. The results of those tests will determine whether the Yankees decide to put Giambi on the disabled list again.

There is concern that Giambi, who has missed 13 starts this season, might have to sit out the remainder of the season to rest. He's sat out four of New York's last five games; Giambi started at first base Friday in Boston but skipped the remaining two games of the series. He is hitless in his last 19 at-bats.

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Ben

posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 02:37 PM
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wow, this is some sad news, i hope that they can track this thing donw and kill it


TRD

posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 03:45 PM
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Yeah it's unreal, it is looking real serious. As you say Ben they need to find the problem and get it sorted real quick.



posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 05:10 PM
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Uh-oh. Thats not pleasant. Hopefully he can get well soon.



posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 07:09 PM
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Thats got to be really tough mentally, knowing something is wrong with you but not having a clue what it is, heck even the doctors are stumped so far. I hope they find the problem soon.



posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 08:49 PM
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This sucks for him and his family. Best wishes.


TRD

posted on Jul, 29 2004 @ 01:58 PM
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TORONTO (AP) - New York Yankees right-hander Kevin Brown will likely return from the disabled list Friday and start against the Baltimore Orioles that night. Brown, sidelined since June 9 with a lower back spasm and an intestinal parasite, threw a bullpen session Wednesday and felt good.

Jason Giambi has also been fatigued because of an intestinal parasite, but Torre expects to know more about the slugger's condition Thursday.

ESPN said it was possible that Giambi would miss the rest of the season to undergo treatment for the condition.

"Jason tried to play through it, there's no question about it," Torre said. "Maybe he tried to talk himself into thinking he was getting better."

Giambi has felt fatigued since early June because of an intestinal parasite. He was expected to receive test results Tuesday while meeting with Dr. Scott Hammer, an infectious disease specialist at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York.

But manager Joe Torre said the team won't know more about Giambi's status until later this week.

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posted on Jul, 29 2004 @ 03:01 PM
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All my best to Jeremy, and hopefully he can be back for next year, before the Yanks get a 20 million dollar replacement.


Ben

posted on Jul, 29 2004 @ 04:51 PM
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i hope that Giambi could be able to beat whatever this thing is that he has, and get abck to normal ball, if he decides to come back.



posted on Jul, 29 2004 @ 08:00 PM
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so it is definate that he has the parasite? I think he has more important things on his mind than baseball right now.


TRD

posted on Jul, 31 2004 @ 06:39 AM
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NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi has been diagnosed with a benign tumor, but is expected to return to the team later this season after undergoing treatment.

The Yankees announced Friday night that Giambi was placed on the 15-day disabled list and will be treated immediately. The team, citing privacy issues, declined to divulge where the tumor is or what type of treatment Giambi will undergo.

Yankees manager Joe Torre said he didn't believe surgery would be necessary.

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posted on Jul, 31 2004 @ 08:52 AM
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WTF, when your coach is making surgical decisions for you, you're screwed.



posted on Jul, 31 2004 @ 08:09 PM
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the club is close to signing John Olerud to a contract, according to the AP. The Mariners recently released the former AL batting champion.



posted on Aug, 1 2004 @ 05:35 PM
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The Yankees were close to signing free-agent first baseman John Olerud. Manager Joe Torre said Olerud should arrive in New York on Sunday night and that he will need some time to get back into game shape.

Olerud was released July 23 by the Seattle Mariners. The former AL batting champion was hitting .245 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 77 games.

"He's going to get a chance to play," Torre said.

Once Olerud is ready, he will start and Tony Clark will assume the backup role, Torre said.

Clark had been starting because Giambi is on the disabled list with a benign tumor.

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Good news to hear Jason will be ok, hopefully his procedures and recovery are quick.



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