GLENDALE, Ariz.: – The more manager Terry Francona talks about Jason Giambi, the more it sounds like the 42-year-old slugger will make the team.
“”He has a presence about him,’’ the manager said today. “”He doesn’t swing at bad pitches ever, and he still has his bat speed, so I’ve been impressed.’’
In speaking about giving Giambi few at-bats against left-handers, Francona said, “”He’s not going to play versus left-handers this year.’’
That can be interpreted to mean that Giambi will hit against right-handers. He can’t do that unless he’s on the club.