Olerud, Giambi sit out Game 5 loss

Updated: October 19, 2004, 12:28 AM ET
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First baseman John Olerud may be sidelined for a while with his bruised instep, but don't look for Jason Giambi to magically reappear in the New York Yankees' lineup.

Jason Giambi
Giambi

John Olerud
Olerud

Olerud, who was on crutches with his left foot heavily wrapped, sat out Sunday night's Game 4 against the Boston Red Sox and isn't expected back immediately. However, manager Joe Torre said Sunday that Giambi still feels too bad to return as designated hitter, let alone in the infield, according to a New York Post report.

"I don't think so unless we visit it and revisit it and see where he is but in talking to Jason he isn't comfortable with the way he is feeling right now," Torre said of Giambi, who has complained of dizzy spells and was checked by a doctor a week ago, the newspaper reported. "He is not totally comfortable balance wise."

As for Olerud, "Just don't want to put a lot of weight on it. It's pretty sore," he said. "We'll just treat it real hard and hopefully it will loosen up."

Tony Clark started at first base and batted eighth in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series for the Yankees. Clark made a key error in the ninth inning Sunday.

The knob of Olerud's bat apparently struck the inside of his foot Saturday night as he stumbled out of the batter's box after grounding out to end the top of the sixth inning. He left Game 3 immediately and was replaced by Clark.

"John is not very mobile," Torre said. "He's not available for us today."

X-rays were negative, but Olerud said he might have more tests soon. For now, the injury is being treated with ice, stimulation and compression wraps.

"It stiffened up pretty good. I feel like I might as well stay off it while it's tender," he said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.