The Indians moved designated hitter Jason Giambi (sore left knee) to the 60-day disabled list following Saturday’s 6-2 American League Central Division loss to the visiting Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field.
The 43-year-old Giambi, batting .128 with two homers and five RBI in 15 games, had been on the 15-day DL since June 12. He is the oldest active player in the major leagues.
Before the game, Indians manager Terry Francona said Giambi will “definitely” play again this season. Giambi fractured a rib in spring training and began the season on the DL. He was activated April 21, but a strained call landed him on the DL again on May 5.
The move was made after Cleveland acquired lefty Nick Maronde in a minor-league trade with the Angels for a player to be named later and added him to the 40-man roster after Saturday’s game.
Maronde, 24, has appeared in 33 major-league games for the Angels over the last three seasons since 2012, compiling no record with a 7.13 ERA in 33 relief outings (17.2IP, 22H, 16R/14ER, 18BB, 19K).
He has split the 2014 season between the LA Angels, AAA Salt Lake, AA Arkansas and the AZL Angels prior to being designated for assignment on July 10.
The Lexington, Kent. native was Los Angeles’ thirrd-round pick in the 2011 draft out of the University of Florida. He owns a career minor-league record of 13-8 with a 3.23 ERA in 90 games/29 starts (220.1IP, 176H, 79ER, 105BB, 227SO, 9.3SO/9.0IP, 7.2 hits/9.0IP).
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