The Indians have announced that DH Jason Giambi will miss the next 3-4 weeks after an MRI revealed a non-displaced rib fracture on his right side. The injury occurred when Jason was hit by a pitch on March 7th by Cubs starter Edwin Jackson. With less than three weeks remaining until Opening Day in Oakland, don’t be surprised when Giambi starts the season on the disabled list.
Losing the 43-year old leader will cause a ripple effect with the roster. It now opens the door for utility man Elliot Johnson and outfielders Jeff Francouer, Matt Carson, and Nyjer Morgan to snag the extra roster spot. However, with Mike Aviles’s ability to play all over the diamond and the Carlos Santana third base experience going on, could manager Terry Francona go with an extra pen arm to protect the rotation early in the season? We all know how much Tito loves multiple pen options.
It will be interesting to see how things end up shaking out.
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