Yanks slugger Giambi has been sidelined with foot injury since late May

TAMPA, Fla. -- Fresh off his talk with baseball's steroids
investigator, New York Yankees slugger Jason Giambi is focusing on
playing again this season.

Jason Giambi


Giambi has been sidelined since May 30 after tearing tissue in
his left foot. The former AL MVP didn't rule returning in a few
weeks and spoke with Roger Clemens and teammates during the
Yankees' series at Tampa Bay over the weekend.

"I came in and saw the guys," Giambi said. "They know the
type of person I am, so I really wasn't really worried about it.
They were great. I saw Rocket here yesterday. They were like 'hurry
up and get back, we need you.'"

Giambi was interviewed by former Senate Majority Leader George
Mitchell and his staff about steroids last Friday in New York. The
Yankees star declined to talk about the meeting.

"I can not. I've been asked not to comment about it. Sorry
about that," Giambi said Monday.

"My biggest thing is, I was more concerned about getting back
going and hopefully get a chance to come down here and start
rehabbing and get back to playing baseball. Not worrying about
anything else," he said.

Giambi previously admitted he had a "personal history regarding
steroids." He agreed to the session after baseball commissioner
Bud Selig threatened to discipline him if he didn't speak to
Mitchell. Last month, Giambi said he wouldn't implicate other

Giambi was given permission by the Yankees' medical staff late
last week to resume working out at spring training complex in

Clemens worked out at the complex before joining the team at
Tropicana Field for Sunday's series finale with the Devil Rays.

"I'm excited to be doing something. Getting that opportunity to
come out here, get working, and finally do something instead of
sitting around," Giambi said.

"The biggest thing is try not to go fast, but I want to go fast
enough where I can hopefully come back and make a difference. I'm
at that point where I need to do more to find out what I could do
and what I couldn't do. I'm going to push more and more each day,
but I also don't want to get to the point where I put myself back
at square one either," he said.