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Pregame blog: Indians vs. Rangers: Giambi headed to disabled list Sunday

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 25, 2014

Indians designated hitter/first baseman Jason Giambi will be placed on the major league disabled list on Sunday, ensuring he will receive a $100,000 retention bonus.

Giambi said Tuesday morning he expected the move.

Giambi suffered a non-displaced rib fracture on his right side when he was hit by a pitch from the Chicago Cubs Edwin Jackson on March 7. When his injury was announced, he was expected to miss three to four weeks.

Giambi, 43, is in camp on a minor league free agent contract. To be placed on the disabled list, he would first have to be added to the 40-man roster, which will also happen Sunday. The stint will be retroactive to March 21, which means the earliest he will be available to play is April 5 against the Minnesota Twins in Cleveland.

He will travel with the Indians to Oakland, where they open the season on Monday.

The deadline for the Indians to make the decision involving the bonus was today.

"'G' is with us," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We'll have something to announce I'm sure."

As for his rib injury, Giambi said he feels "great.''

"I swung yesterday, (hitting) off a tee and hit everything, so I guess I can start progressing," he said. "I feel really good."

Pitcher Josh Tomlin makes his final bid for the starting rotation today against the Rangers. He's battling Carlos Carrasco, who turned inan impressive six innings Monday. Francona said it isn't likely that he would let the two know the front office's decision today.

Game: 4:05 p.m. at Goodyear Ballpark

RANGERS

Shin Soo-Choo LF

Elvis Andrus DH

Prince Fielder 1B

Adrian Beltre 3B

Michael Choice CF

J.P. Arencibia C

Kensuke Tanaka 2B

Adam Rosales SS

Robbie Ross P

INDIANS

Nick Swisher 1B

Asdrubal Cabrera SS

Jason Kipnis 2B

Carlos Santana 3B

Michael Brantley CF

Yan Gomes C

Ryan Raburn DH

Mike Aviles LF

Elliot Johnson RF

Josh Tomlin P

Available to follow Tomlin: Scott Atchison, Cody Allen,. Bryan Shaw, Blake Wood

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