NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi has a small ligament tear in his left wrist and will miss the New York Yankees' series this weekend against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Giambi had a third injection in the wrist Thursday, when he was examined in New York by hand specialist Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser and team physician Dr. Stuart Hershon. The Yankees said MRI and CT scans didn't show any changes from previous results, which showed the tear and tendinitis.
"We'll have to see how he comes out of it," general manager Brian Cashman said. "There's no doubt he'll be able to play through it. The question is: Will he get his stroke back?"
Giambi hasn't homered since Aug. 20 at Boston and is hitting .185 (12-for-65) since then with five doubles and eight RBI. Overall this season, he is batting .250 with 36 homers, 109 RBI, 108 walks and a .411 on-base percentage.
The team said he might need surgery after the season if pain continues.
With the Yankees having clinched their ninth straight AL East title on Wednesday, Gary Sheffield is likely to take over at first base starting Friday. Sheffield, sidelined since May 29 and coming off wrist surgery, has been worked out at first base during his rehabilitation.