More Indians: Carrasco suspended eight games
The Indians made room on their roster for Giambi by sending recently-suspended right-handed starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco to Triple-A. The veteran slugger has been on the DL since the start of the season due to a strained lower back.
Giambi impressive Indians skipper Terry Francona this spring, and he wound up breaking camp with the club. The 42-year-old signed a minor league contract with the team in February.
Prior to signing with the Indians, Giambi had spent the past four seasons with the Colorado Rockies. He saw limited action in Colorado, acting as an occasional fill in and pinch hitter. He was extremely effective in this role in 2011, when he hit .260/.355/.603 with six doubles and 13 home runs over 152 plate appearances. Last year, he only managed a batting line of .225/.372/.303 with five extra-base hits in 113 plate appearances.