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Indians' Jason Giambi sidelined by broken rib

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 13, 2014 at 3:34 pm •  Published: March 13, 2014

Giambi is optimistic he will be back soon.

"It's not tragic. At least it's not displaced," he said. "The doctors told me it is going to be sore and we have to get the trauma down. Guys play with this all the time. I'm not discouraged. It's really small, but with the trauma it won't let me swing right now. It's the human body protecting itself."

Nyjer Morgan and Jeff Francoeur also are in camp on minor league contracts. Morgan strained his left calf Wednesday.

"The trainers say day to day," Francona explained. "We have to protect him from himself. He's kind of on a mission here if not to show us, to show the world he's back. He plays so hard. He has to pass some tests on the medical side. That's not to hinder him. That's to protect him."

Right-hander J.C. Ramirez broke his left thumb and sprained a ligament during a "B'' game on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox and will be sidelined for eight-to-10 weeks. He is scheduled for surgery Monday with Dr. Thomas Graham at the Cleveland Clinic.