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Giambi takes 38 swings, says 'everything is great so far'

7/23/2007 - MLB Jason Giambi New York Yankees + more

TAMPA, Fla. -- Jason Giambi took 38 swings Monday during his
first on-field batting practice session since hurting his left foot
two months ago.

The New York Yankees designated hitter also started running the
bases and kept up a throwing program. He hopes to rejoin the
Yankees by August.

"Everything is great so far," Giambi said. "Better than
expected."

Giambi has been sidelined since May 30 after tearing tissue in
the foot. He is hitting .262 with seven homers and 23 RBIs.

New York first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz is fielding grounders
while wearing protective gear for his broken right wrist, but
hasn't been cleared to resume hitting. He was injured in a
collision with Boston's Mike Lowell at first base on June 2.