From Ed Price -
Jason Giambi today was placed in a protective walking boot when foot and ankle specialist William Hamilton diagnosed him with a torn plantar fascia — the tight band of muscle beneath the arch of the foot — in his left foot.
The Yankees said Giambi will go on the DL before tomorrow’s game at Boston and will be re-evaluated in three weeks. The Yankees are expected to call up Shelley Duncan, who has never played in the majors but leads the Triple-A International League with a .586 slugging percentage for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Duncan is batting .302 with 12 homers, second in the league.
Giambi had been previously diagnosed with plantar fasciaitis, which is inflammation of the plantar fascia.
Mark McGwire and Marty Cordova missed tons of time when they had plantar fasciitis. It would not shock me if Giambi ended up being done for the year now.
Then again, maybe Jason can do what Albert Pujols did for his?
Still, Tino Martinez had it in the second half of 2005 and it ended his career. Imagine if it’s the same thing for Giambi now? I hope the Yankees have an insurance policy on his contract, if that’s the case.
Well, at least we have an answer to “Question 1” now.