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Giambi has benign tumor; put on DL

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Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi has been diagnosed with a benign tumor and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

The 33-year-old Giambi had been diagnosed with an intestinal parasite on June 29 and doctors have been examining him at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. It was feared the problem could have been more serious. A New Jersey newspaper reported earlier in the week that Giambi was being tested for entamoeba histolytica, a parasite that can cause a potentially fatal condition called amebiasis. It can be transmitted through water and food before poisoning the intestinal lining. "The testing has not revealed the presence of any infectious disease. The Yankees expect that, with appropriate treatment, he will rejoin the team as soon as possible," said Yankees team physician, Dr. Stuart Hershon. Giambi, who has repeatedly said he has felt weakened by the condition, was also relieved that he finally had an answer to the what has ailed him for so long. "First, I would like to thank the Yankees and the team of doctors who spent so much time and effort in helping me," Giambi said. "I am relieved that they found something that is treatable and I look forward to getting well, coming back strong and helping the Yankees win. I would also like to thank Joe Torre, the entire staff and my teammates for their understanding, support and encouragement during this time." Giambi hasn't played since the July 23rd game against the Boston Red Sox. He had been on the DL earlier this season, from late May to early June with a sprained ankle. The former AL MVP has appeared in just 70 games this season and is hitting only .221 with 11 homers and 36 RBI. "We are thankful that our doctors have determined what has been ailing Jason and that we know it is something that can be treated easily and quickly," said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. "I speak for everyone at the Yankees when I say that we look forward to seeing Jason back on the field in the near future."

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