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Indians ready to welcome Jason Giambi back

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CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 24: Jason Giambi #25 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hiting a walk-off two-run home run to defeat the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on September 24, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the White Sox 5-4. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Cleveland will activate designated hitter/bench bat Jason Giambi from the disabled list on Tuesday, manager Terry Francona just announced.

That means Giambi will return from a strained calf without going on a minor-league rehab assignment first. It also means he’ll return to the active roster despite being 0-for-10 on the season and hitting .183 in 71 games last season. For whatever reason the Indians feel very strongly about the value of having Giambi around despite his being 43 years old and last being a productive hitter in 2011.

They re-signed him, they gave him a 25-man roster spot after a broken rib during spring training, and now they’re rushing him back from a stint on the disabled list.

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