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Giambi still weak; cancer tests negative

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has a small fracture in his right hand, yet he does not need surgery and will not wear a cast.

The news is not as good for slugger Jason Giambi, who isn't sure exactly when he'll play again. Neither Jeter nor Giambi was in the starting lineup on Thursday.

Bothered by an intestinal parasite earlier this season, Giambi
has been slowed by fatigue. A new set of doctors is trying to
determine what's wrong, and Giambi said he was checked for cancer
on Wednesday -- nothing was found.

Giambi will be examined for infectious diseases on Thursday.

"Hopefully, we'll get some answers," he said. "I'm kind of
lost in limbo land. It's kind of frustrating.

"I had that light at the end of the tunnel, but now it seems to
be fading away," he said. "I'm not going anywhere. It's like a
stalemate."

Jeter was hit by a pitch from Tampa Bay's Victor Zambrano on
Tuesday. As to when Jeter will return to the lineup, "it could be
as early as tomorrow," New York general manager Brian Cashman said
after a 10-3 win over Toronto.

Jeter had an MRI and X-rays in New York, and the team announced
the test results after the victory. The Yankees' captain is
day-to-day with a non-displaced fracture in a bone above his wrist.

"He told me, 'I could be playing right now,' " Cashman said.
"It could've been worse, but it's not good, either."

Jeter is hitting .278 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI. The
All-Star has gone 31 games without making an error, the longest
active streak by an AL shortstop.

Giambi did not start in eight straight games from June 26 to
July 4. The 2000 AL MVP was hitless on Tuesday at Tampa Bay and is
in an 0-for-18 slump. He is batting .224 with 11 homers and 36 RBI.

"I've been playing, not very good," he said.