First baseman out of lineup vs. Red Sox

Updated: June 29, 2004, 9:31 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Ailing Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi was diagnosed with intestinal parasites and out of the starting lineup Tuesday night when New York played Boston.

When asked specifically what the doctor told him, Giambi said he didn't remember.

Jason Giambi
First Base
New York Yankees
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2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R SB AVG
54 11 31 28 0 .237

"I don't have a Ph.D. and I'm not world renowned," Giambi said.

The former AL MVP said he'd been feeling exhausted for about three weeks. He began taking a new set of antibiotics Tuesday and said a doctor told him he should feel better within a couple of days.

"There should be no reason for being this exhausted," Giambi said. "I'm 33, not 50."

Giambi has one hit in his last 14 at-bats and is in a 13-for-65 rut. He hasn't homered since hitting his 11th of the season on June 20, and his average has dropped from .271 on June 7 to .237.

"This sort of explains it to be more than a slump," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

Giambi said he wasn't surprised Yankees owner George Steinbrenner had recently criticized him a bit.

"In some cases, he was right," Giambi said. "I wasn't feeling real good and I was hurting the team."

"It kind of makes you understand why you're getting jammed by guys throwing 88 miles an hour."

On Sunday, Giambi looked so bad when he got to Yankee Stadium that Torre sent him to a hospital.

Giambi took two bottles of intravenous fluids and did not play during the Yankees' day-night doubleheader sweep of the New York Mets.

Giambi originally started feeling ill a couple of weeks ago when he caught a stomach virus from teammate Gary Sheffield.

The AL East-leading Yankees started a three-game series against the second-place Red Sox.


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