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Giambi stays mum on tumor details

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Published September 4, 2004

NEW YORK - Yankees slugger Jason Giambi still wants to keep his medical situation private even though a newspaper report Friday detailed the location and treatment of his benign tumor.

The Daily News reported Giambi has been getting treatment for a tumor in his pituitary gland, which is about the size of a pea and is located at the base of the brain.

The newspaper said the treatment includes a form of steroids that does not enhance athletic performance and was approved by Major League Baseball.

The Yankees would not confirm the report, spokesman Rick Cerrone and general manager Brian Cashman said. The team released a short statement about the "published speculation" with Giambi's comments.

"While I understand the continuing speculation surrounding the details of my medical condition, I continue to believe that it is a private matter. I appreciate the fact that the media has a job to do, but my focus now is on returning and contributing to this team," Giambi said. He was not available for further comment Friday night.

ARMWOOD'S HITCHCOCK RETIRES: Left-hander Sterling Hitchcock, the hero of the Padres' 1998 playoff run, retired after 12 seasons.

Hitchcock, 33, who had reconstructive surgery on his left elbow in 2001, was plagued by rib, groin and elbow injuries after returning to San Diego as a free agent. The former Armwood standout strained his elbow Aug. 22.

"This is not the way you want to go out, obviously," Hitchcock said. "There are very few who get to choose the way they want to go out."

A'S: Outfielder Nick Swisher got a good razzing on his first day in the majors after getting called up from Triple-A Sacramento. Veteran Mark McLemore forced Swisher to wear a taped helmet with the word "rookie" on the front during batting practice. Swisher also was fined $100 for getting into the lineup on his first day in the majors and another $100 for getting called up just because he's a patient hitter.

DODGERS: Left-hander Odalis Perez was examined by a specialist a day after his start was shortened to five innings because of stiffness in his left biceps.

METS: Right-hander Matt Ginter left the game against the Phillies after one inning with a sprained right ankle.

REDS: Closer Danny Graves, a former Brandon High standout, and left-hander Mike Matthews were activated from the 15-day disabled list, and right-hander Juan Padilla was claimed off waivers from the Yankees. The right-handed Graves had been out with back spasms, and Matthews had surgery in July to remove bone chips in his pitching elbow.

RED SOX: Outfielders Gabe Kapler and Trot Nixon had their three-game suspensions overturned for their roles in an onfield brawl with the Yankees on July 24.

ROCKIES: Outfielder Preston Wilson and right-hander Aaron Cook plan to have season-ending operations Friday.

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