GOODYEAR, Ariz. (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi will open the 2014 season the same way he did the 2013 season – on the disabled list.
The 43-year-old veteran will be placed on the Major League 15-day disabled list on Sunday, the team announced Tuesday morning.
The move will be retroactive to March 21.
The team will need to make a corresponding 40-man roster move on Sunday to make room for the non-roster invitee.
Giambi suffered a non-displaced rib fracture when hit by a pitch from Chicago Cubs starter Edwin Jackson on March 7.
“I swung yesterday, (I hit) off a tee and hit everything,” Giambi said. “I feel really good.”
Once healthy, he will likely return to a bench role with the Tribe.
Giambi hit nine home runs for the Indians in 2013.
UPDATED CORRECTION: Giambi did not earn the $100,000 retention bonus because the Indians committed to add him to the Opening Day roster before placing him on the DL on Sunday.
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