It would be a "longshot" that Giambi would be left off,
manager Joe Torre said before Friday night's game against Toronto.
"Even though he's not totally there, I still watch other teams
pitch to him and they still seem to be careful with him," Torre
Giambi, who has fought to overcome a benign tumor and other
ailments, began the day 3-for-22 since coming off the disabled
Torre said Giambi will start the final three games of the
season. With John Olerud doing well at first base and Bernie Williams, Kenny Lofton and Ruben Sierra available as the designated
hitter, Giambi might be a pinch-hitter in the playoffs.
"If we decide that his presence is going to be a threat, then
he certainly deserves to be there for the first go-around," Torre
Torre spoke to Giambi three days ago, and hopes he'll get the
"fire going" in the next three days.
"He's had a tough year, both physically and emotionally,"
Torre said. "Spring training on through he's had a tough time.
It's not easy all of sudden, here I am playing baseball when it
looked for so long like it wasn't going to happen."
Torre also said right-hander Kevin Brown will start Saturday.
Brown missed three weeks after breaking his left hand when he
punched a clubhouse wall on Sept. 3.
He returned last Sunday at Fenway Park and was hit hard by the
rival Red Sox, giving up four runs and six hits in the first
inning. He was chased after getting only two outs and was expected
to pitch out of the bullpen this week.
"If he feels well enough, chances are he'll be in a situation
where we feel he'll be a benefit to us," Torre said.
Torre said they've decided on 23 of the 25 postseason roster
spots. He said the other two will depend on if they go with 10 or
11 pitchers. Right-hander Tanyon Sturtze, lefty reliever Felix Heredia and outfielder Bubba Crosby are expected to make the