One day after learning Giambi has a benign tumor, the Yankees will continue their four-game series with the visiting Baltimore Orioles.
Following their 2-1 win on Friday, the Yankees announced Giambi was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The team, citing privacy issues, declined to divulge where the tumor is or what type of treatment Giambi will undergo. He will be treated immediately and may actually return at some point this season.
Yankees manager Joe Torre said he didn’t believe surgery would be necessary.
General manager Brian Cashman said: “I think the next few days, he’ll be treated and we’ll see how he’s feeling. He has to get his strength back and then we’ll take it from there.”
Giambi, a former AL MVP, is batting only .221 with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs. He’s been feeling fatigued virtually all season, and was diagnosed with an intestinal parasite on June 29.
He tried to play through it, but began to feel increasingly weaker. Giambi underwent a battery of tests earlier this week to determine what has ailed him.
“The testing has not revealed the presence of any infectious disease,” team physician Dr. Stuart Hershon said in a statement. “The Yankees expect that, with appropriate treatment, he will rejoin the team as soon as possible.”
Johnson, the hottest commodity on the market prior to Saturday’s trade deadline, was much sought after by the defending AL champions. But the major league-worst Arizona Diamondbacks were apparently unable to broker an adequate deal with the Yankees, leaving New York to piece together a pitching staff that has been ravaged by injuries and inconsistency for most of the season.
The Yankees did get a boost Friday night as Kevin Brown returned to the mound for the first time since June 9. Brown, hampered by back problems and an intestinal parasite, improved to 8-1 on the season by yielding just one run and four hits over 6 1-3 innings.
The victory helped New York maintain a 7 1/2 -game lead over second-place Boston in the AL East.
The Yankees are still awaiting the return of right-hander Mike Mussina, who has been out since July 6 with an injured right elbow.
The Orioles have lost nine of their first 11 meetings with the Yankees this season. B.J. Surhoff belted a third-inning homer to provide the Orioles’ lone run Friday as Baltimore slipped to 2-5 since a four-game winning streak.