No timetable for Giambi to resume hitting

Updated: August 26, 2004, 1:33 AM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Joe Torre isn't so sure slugger Jason Giambi will be back with the New York Yankees this season.

Jason Giambi
First Base
New York Yankees
70 11 36 31 0 .221

"It's getting more and more remote in my mind," the Yankees manager said Tuesday.

Slowed by a respiratory infection, Giambi has no timetable for when he'll resume taking batting practice.

"We don't have one right now," Giambi said after a two-hour indoor workout in Tampa, Florida.

Giambi started working out at the team's spring training complex two weeks ago to get into shape after being diagnosed with a benign tumor last month.

"We've been taking it easy and trying not to over do it," Giambi said.

Giambi also strained his left groin last week during a conditioning drill, which has kept him from an outdoor running program.

"We tried the one day [Sunday] and I was able to do a few things," Giambi said. "I wasn't able to get running, so we cut that back a little bit."

The five-time All-Star's goal is to rejoin the Yankees this season. And despite the setbacks, Giambi feels as if he's making progress.

"We're going in the right direction," he said.

Torre said he'll wait until he sees Giambi take some swings before making any kind of decision.

"If he plays, I'm not sure how much of him we're getting," Torre said.

Giambi has felt weak most of the season and hasn't played since July 23.

The Yankees first diagnosed Giambi with an intestinal parasite, then said July 30 he had a benign tumor, without disclosing its location.

Before Giambi was put on the disabled list, he was hitless in 21 consecutive at-bats, dropping his average to .221. He has 11 homers and 36 RBIs after batting .250 with 41 homers and 107 RBIs last season.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press