Giambi homers in rehab stint

08/04/2007 11:26 AM ET
By The Associated Press
MOOSIC, Pa. (AP) — Jason Giambi homered in his first at-bat of a rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday night, going 1-for-3 with four walks and a strikeout in a doubleheader against Buffalo.

Giambi, recovering from a left foot injury, was the designated hitter in Game 1. He hit a 2-2 pitch over the left-center field fence in the first inning for a solo homer.

He started at first base in the second game and finished with three putouts and an assist before being removed for a pinch runner in the sixth inning.

Giambi tore tissue in his foot on May 30 and started his rehab last week at Class-A Tampa, where he played four games.

Giambi was reevaluated after Friday's games, and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Dave Miley said Giambi will be the designated hitter in Saturday's game and, assuming his foot feels fine, play first base on Sunday.

"Since I got down there in A ball, I've been trying to make solid contact and try to take as many pitches as I possibly can," Giambi said. "It's all starting to come together. I'm seeing the ball and slowing the game down a little bit and just keep taking the good ABs."

Before the game, Giambi said his foot feels good and that he he's close to joining the Yankees.

"Everything was great," Giambi said. "I've been working my way back and it healed a lot faster than everybody thought, so everything is going great and I'm excited to get that opportunity." comments