Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Indians underwent a number of roster moves expanding the Tribe to 40 players. The moves included the re-activation of veteran Jason Giambi.
Giambi last played for the Indians June 11 but suffered a knee inflammation after.
Indians GM Terry Francona is happy with Giambi returning and being available again.
“He stuck his head in today, he had a little bounce in his step,” Francona stated.
“He never once uttered a frustrating word to anybody, but I don’t think for one minute that this has been easy for him. I respect him more now than I used to, which is hard,” he added.
The 43-year-old is hitting .128 with two home runs and five RBIs in 15 games played this season.
Giambi made rehab appearances with Double-A Akron and went 2-for-9 with a pair of doubles and five strikeouts.
Francona said, “What 43-year-old guy who has that many years goes to Double-A and gets at-bats? Nobody. Except for G.”
Along with activating Giambi, the Indians made other roster moves to boost their lineup.
The Tribe recalled relievers Bryan Price and Austin Adams from Triple-A Columbus.
Infielder Jesus Aguilar was also added to the Indians’ roster from Columbus and was part of the lineup Monday.
Catcher Chris Gimenez was also activated from the paternity list Monday, according to MLB.