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Newz Forum: BASEBALL: Respiratory infection latest ailment keeping Giambi away

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posted on Aug, 24 2004 @ 05:13 PM
TAMPA, Fla. -- Slowed by a respiratory infection, Yankees slugger Jason Giambi has no timetable for when he'll resume taking batting practice.

"We don't have one right now," Giambi said after a two-hour indoor workout Tuesday.

Giambi started working out at the team's spring training complex two weeks ago to get into shape after being diagnosed with a benign tumor last month.

"We've been taking it easy and trying not to over do it," Giambi said.

Giambi also strained his left groin last week during a conditioning drill, which has kept him from an outdoor running program.

"We tried the one day (Sunday) and was able to do a few things," Giambi said. "I wasn't able to get running, so we cut that back a little bit."

The five-time All-Star's goal is to rejoin the Yankees this season. And despite the setbacks, Giambi feels like he is making progress.

"We're going in the right direction," he said.

Giambi has felt weak most of the season and has not played since July 23. The Yankees first diagnosed Giambi with an intestinal parasite, then said July 30 he had a benign tumor, without disclosing its location. Before Giambi was put on the disabled list, he was hitless in 21 consecutive at-bats, dropping his average to .221. He has 11 homers and 36 RBI after batting .250 with 41 homers and 107 RBI last season.


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