CLEVELAND: Designated hitter Jason Giambi was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf before Monday’s game and catcher Yan Gomes returned a day early from paternity leave to take Giambi’s spot on the roster.
“He called me yesterday and was like, ‘my wife’s doing okay and her family is in town, so I can get back to the game,’ ’’ Indians manager Terry Francona said of Gomes. “And I told him, ‘Why don’t you wait until after the game? If you still feel that way, then we’ll figure out a move.’ It was pretty cool that Gomer came back, because he didn’t have to.”
Nor did Gomes’ wife, Jenna, have to give her blessing to her husband to return after she just gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl named Brooklyn Mae.
“All I was doing was holding the baby,” said Gomes, who entered Monday’s game batting .261 with three home runs, 10 RBI and seven errors in 26 games. “[But] I was a pretty good cheerleader the last couple days.”
Giambi is on the disabled list for the second time this season.
“G can hit, but he’s not sure if he can do the rest of it,” Francona said. “So, it’s a little bit iffy.”
Giambi, 43, started the season on the DL with a fractured rib. Since his return, he’s hitless in 10 at-bats. Yet, Giambi’s veteran’s presence in the locker room cannot be overstated by Francona.
“He continues to amaze me by his willingness to see past himself and see [what’s best for] the team, which amazes me,” Francona said. “When you leave the room after talking to G, even when you put him on the DL, you feel like a better person.”
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